Cade Museum opens in Gainesville as hub for innovation

The revitalization of downtown Gainesville continued on Saturday with the grand opening of The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. Some 100 visitors took to exploring the 26,000-square-foot intellectual oasis on its inaugural morning. The museum is the result of 13 years of fundraising and $9.2 million on the part of the Cade Museum Foundation.

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Posted on May 21, 2018

Breaking ground: workforce education facility construction underway

Dirt flew and spirits were high as Big Bend Community College officials celebrated construction of the new workforce education center with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. The new 70,000-square-foot workforce education center has 'been a long time coming,' said Daneen Berry-Guerin, dean of workforce education. Angie Clark, president of the BBCC Foundation, said workforce training will be 'critical' to sustaining local industry...

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Coffee with George: Carol Wick, bringing solar power to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

Principal Carol Wick recently sat down with The Orlando Sentinel's George Diaz to discuss her work with Convergent client sonnenBatterie. Sonnen, who is one of the largest solar battery producers in Europe, is working to help stabilize the power grid in Puerto Rico by bringing solar power to an area devastated by Hurrican Irma.

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Greater Fremont Development Council wins grant

The Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC) was one of 14 organizations to receive a grant award from a newly established state fund that aims to develop more rural workforce housing across Nebraska, GFDC announced yesterday. The fund, known as the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Fund, was established through the passage of LB518. GFDC received $850,000 from the state program after raising more than $1 million locally for matching funds that were required for the application process

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TCAD report highlights positive economic growth, workforce challenges in Tompkins County

TCAD President Michael B. Stamm said the development agency established its goals and outcomes for investments after launching its fundraiser drive more than five years ago. "With respect to the payroll, within four of the five years, we've already exceeded our goal of $45 million and greatly exceeded our goal of $450 million in new capital investments after just four years."

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Abbeville Promise more than halfway to its goal

As the Abbeville Promise capital campaign enters its public phase, the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation announced Thursday the scholarship fund has raised $713,500, about 59 percent of the $1.2 million it needs to be fully funded. The Abbeville Promise is a proposed scholarship program that, starting with the graduating class of 2018, would fully fund a two-year education at Piedmont Technical College for any student who receives a high school diploma while a resident of Abbeville County.

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KS Chamber Hosts Forums for Vision 2025

Southeast Kansas will play host to forums aimed at getting public input for the state's strategic plan. The Kansas Chamber is hosting its second round of regional forums to get feedback for Vision 2025, an action plan for the state. Officials hope the plan will help grow the state's talent supply, advance competitiveness, expand innovation and entrepreneurship and improve business infrastructure.

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New life sciences cluster under way at Greenwood Genetic Center

This sounds like an exciting project for both the Greenwood Genetic Center and the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. We look forward to watching this project develop! "The Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation wants to use land around its Greenwood campus for a technology cluster and has enlisted the Greenwood Partnership Alliance to help develop the campus. It will be the future home of human and medical genetics, biotechnology, life science enterprises, and related operations."

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Private and public sector leaders announce Elevate Rapid City

Rapid City area business leaders are forming a new group to try and fast-track major economic growth over the next five years. Leaders say this plan is different than others, because of its accountability piece. "We are really going to measure what this campaign does, so we can look back in five years with tangible metrics," said David Lust, a Campaign Chairman for Elevate. "We can look back and say we brought this many jobs, we trained this many people, we built this many buildings." The plan is budgeted for $4.5 million, and so far two dozen investors have pledged $3 million.

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Posted on April 10, 2018