The Flagship Enterprise Center broke ground to begin construction on a new 40,000 square foot facility to be located at entrance of the Flagship Business Park at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. Projected to be completed in early fall, 2004, the Flagship Enterprise Center will provide space where new businesses can be nurtured by experienced business owners, business school faculty, venture capitalists, government entities, technology personnel, and others. The Flagship Enterprise Center is the result of a partnership between Anderson University and the City of Anderson.
“This is an important day for the city of Anderson and the state of Indiana,” said Lt. Governor Kathy Davis. “The newly created Flagship Enterprise Center creates a support network for businesses and equips them with valuable resources to forge ahead in our state's economy.”
The new facility will be built for a cost of approximately $4 million and will provide 40,000 square feet of operational space for start-up businesses and support staff of the Flagship Enterprise Center. Primary funding for the construction of the Flagship Enterprise Center facility will come from $2.8 million in resources from the sale of a former General Motors plant site in Anderson (locally known as plant 19) donated by General Motors. Added to this will be $1.6 million from an Economic Development Assistance Grant through the United States Department of Commerce. Additional resources will be provided through a recently announced Certified Technology Park Grant in the amount of $1.55 million from the Indiana Department of Commerce.
“So many forward looking people have brought us to this day when we put plans into motion to construct a dynamic center of learning and development,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Our partners have been leaders from all sectors, including federal and state government as well as education and business communities. We believe we are creating a great new home for progress here in central Indiana that will reach out to the world.”
In July, 2003, then Lt. Governor Joe Kernan joined Anderson Mayor J. Mark Lawler and AU president Dr. James Edwards to name the Flagship Enterprise Center as Indiana’s second Certified Technology Park.
“I couldn’t be happier to finally see this groundbreaking take place,” said Anderson Mayor J. Mark Lawler. “Knowing that this facility will serve the community with job and educational opportunities, as well as technical definition for the future is extremely gratifying.”
The architectural firm of K.R. Montgomery and Associates in Anderson is designing the project. Contractors managing the construction of the facility will be announced at a later date pending further review and evaluation of project costs and projected gift income by the Flagship Enterprise Board of Directors.
“The Flagship Enterprise Center represents a building of promise,” said Charles Staley, president of the Flagship Enterprise Center Board of Directors and executive director of Facilities and Real Estate Management at Anderson University. “The center is a promise for a brighter future for our community, our state, and our children. The partnership between Anderson University and the City of Anderson has been recognized by the State of Indiana as a strategic partnership for the community. Together, we are laying the foundation for a better future.”
Underwriting support for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Flagship Enterprise Center will be provided by Madison Community Bank. Special parking for event will be provided by Delco Remy of America. Shuttle service will take attendees from the DRA parking lot (2902 Enterprise Drive in Anderson) to the site of Flagship Enterprise Center groundbreaking.
Serving as a small business incubator and early business accelerator, the Flagship Enterprise Center ( www.flagshipenterprise.org ) will emphasize the development of emerging manufacturing and electronic technologies. Among the services of the FEC will be to provide access to university researchers and scientists, ongoing contact with management consulting, student mentoring opportunities for research and development support, and access to state of the art telecommunications.