Byron Clayton has accepted an offer from the Research Park Corp. board of directors to become president and CEO and will start the job Jan. 19.
The RPC board voted Thursday to offer the CEO post to Clayton, 57, an economic development expert from Cleveland. Since 2010, Clayton has been vice president of cluster acceleration for NorTech, a technology-based economic development organization working to revitalize northeast Ohio. He directed the organization’s cluster strategy for flexible electronics, advanced energy, water technologies and 3-D printing to accelerate commercial activity in Ohio. His work there has resulted in 934 new jobs, $59 million in new payroll and $144 million in new capital.
Clayton said Baton Rouge has become known for a strong business climate, creative entrepreneurs, its leading colleges and universities, and the support from the public and private sector.
“I look forward to working with these partners across the region to accelerate the pace of innovation and job growth throughout Louisiana, leveraging the unique strengths and resources of this new area that my family and I are proud to call home,” he said.
Clayton’s exact salary has not been determined. Last month, the RPC board set aside $300,000 in its budget to cover the annual salary and benefits for the CEO. The RPC runs the Louisiana Technology Park, an incubator for tech businesses on Florida Boulevard.
The RPC has been without a full-time CEO since spring 2008. It has been overseen by Stephen Loy, the executive director of the tech park.