Dr. Robert Clarke, executive director of The Hormel Institute, spoke at the quarterly Development Corporation of Austin (DCA) meeting. Dr. Clarke joined The Hormel Institute last fall, and this was his first opportunity to meet the board of directors and share upcoming vision and plans for The Hormel Institute as well as support for other projects in Austin.

“We’re excited to support the efforts of DCA and with our community, we welcome NuTek to our community,” shared Dr. Clarke, who met with the CEO Tom Yezzi, NuTek Biosciences via zoom prior to the announcement of NuTek’s location to Austin last week.

“The Hormel Institute will continue to seek ways to positively impact Austin and the surrounding region through advancing research and the Institute’s capabilities.” The Hormel Institute, under the leadership of Clarke and Chief of Staff Elizabeth Fedie has ongoing hiring underway and future plans to further expand the cutting-edge technology available to Institute researchers with a goal to serve as a research technology hub for other research facilities around the region.

“Dr. Clarke is engaging, optimistic and collaborative. He’s a strong leader for the Hormel Institute and brings a very welcoming, positive leadership presence to our community,” said John Garry, president and CEO of DCA.

“DCA is looking forward to continued partnership with Dr. Clarke and The Hormel Institute” DCA is an economic development organization that works with public and private sector partners to attract new business and industry to the Austin area as well as support existing businesses. DCA has been promoting the economic development of the Austin area since 1987.