On August 31 Ohio Christian University cut the ribbon on its new dream, a facility to develop the community. “It is designed around entrepreneurial success, workforce development. It is the dream of this community and this development center to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enhance their continued education and individual development.” Mayor Don Mcllroy said.
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There was a heavy turnout for the ribbon cutting today, and many were thanked for their contributions to the project, including Senators Bob Peterson and Troy Balderson, Dr Kevin Boyd, Rep Gary Scherer, Rep Keith Faber, Commissioners Brian Stewart, Jay Wippel, and Harold Henson, Governor John Kasich, Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Steve Austria, Mayor Don Mcllroy, and David Crawford.
The Southern Gateway Center is a $5 million, 24,000 square foot business incubator; it will serve Pickaway, Ross, and Fayette counties. OCU claims The Development Center, will be a place for new job creation, workforce development and target market research. Available in different programs to all ages. “It is our belief that this facility will be an economic beacon for this region and beyond.” said Dr. Jon Kulaga, President of Ohio Christian University.
The center supports 1) entrepreneurship education, business incubation, venture acceleration, and a community for entrepreneurs, 2) workforce development solutions including internships and custom curriculum and certification ‘factories’, and 3) research for grant writing, analytics, contracts, and academics. Onsite resources are OCU’s School of Business and Government®, Pickaway Progress Partnership, Universal Technology Corporation, and accounting, banking, legal, and marketing services.