Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT), hosted a ceremony to mark the annexation of UT Health Science Center of Tyler into the city limits.
The event took place at 11:00 am on Wednesday at the UTHSCT on Hwy. 271.
The voluntary annexation of the campus was initiated by representatives of UTHSCT and is allowed under the State Annexation Law in the Texas Local Government Code.
With the addition of the campus, Tyler is now 57.02 square miles or 36,494.90 acres.
“We are pleased to see this process move forward,” said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. “We look forward to becoming a part of Tyler not only in name, but as a partner in our city’s future growth and development.”
During the ceremony, an announcement was also made about a new joint community education program.
"As illustrated in the Industry Growth Initiative plan, the higher education and healthcare industries are critical components of Tyler’s local economy,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “Health care provides for more than 25,000 jobs in our region and has an economic impact estimated at $3.1 billion.
By annexing UTHSCT into Tyler city limits, we are taking an important step in continuing to support and grow these industries.”