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Texas A&M University wants partner in Bryan data center

The University of Texas System called off its plans to develop a data center on a large swath of Houston land in March.

Its biggest in-state rival may be picking up the ball.

The Texas A&M University System said Monday that it hopes to join up with private entities to create a “state-of-the-art data center” on its developing campus in Bryan.

The system wants to enter into a long-term lease with a company that can offer backup services for big Austin and Houston organizations, the system said. Proposals will be due in July.

The UT System’s plans to expand in Houston sparked outrage in Houston and in the Legislature, as politicians and University of Houston officials criticized how UT approached the land deal.

Some in Houston haven’t given up on the UT System’s plans, arguing that Houston’s economy needs an entity like the one UT pitched. Mayor Sylvester Turner in May endorsed the proposal and called for Texas A&M, UT, the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University to collaborate on the project.

The Texas A&M University System first announced its Bryan campus on an abandoned air base near the flagship’s campus about a year ago, saying that it would bring product innovation and research in fields like engineering, transportation and cybersecurity.

Regents approved initial plans for the campus – called “RELLIS,” an acronym for Texas A&M’s core values – in September. 

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