Partners dedicate Flagship Enterprise Center

Mon, 2012-07-30 13:18 -- univcomm
The Flagship Enterprise Center dedicated its new 40,000 square foot home located at the entrance of the Flagship Business Park at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. [Watch story on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick] The dedication event welcomed Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, Indiana State Senator Tim Lanane, Anderson University President James Edwards, and Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith and among others.

“The Flagship Enterprise Center supports our goal of starting and growing businesses in Indiana,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. “By developing emerging technologies, this project will create jobs and new opportunities for Anderson and the region.”

“As East Central Indiana enters the new economy, I am pleased that the Flagship Enterprise Center will be leading the way,” said Congressman Mike Pence, U.S. Congressman, 6th District, Indiana. “East Central Indiana holds incredible potential in the technology industry and the Flagship Enterprise Center provides an important avenue to develop that potential. I am extremely excited about the opportunities the new center will bring our region and thank those from the education, business and government arenas who helped make it possible.”

“Anderson University is so pleased to be a partner in this exciting development,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “The Flagship Enterprise Center offers such promising opportunities for our community, and will be an attractive learning environment for students who are future entrepreneurs.”

“The opening of the Flagship incubator facility is an important and exciting moment for economic development in the city of Anderson,” said Kevin Smith, Mayor for the City of Anderson. “I am convinced that the development of technology and the partnerships this facility represents, together with the outside sales approach of the city of Anderson, will result in a great future for Anderson, its businesses and its citizens.”

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. In July, 2003, the Flagship Enterprise Center was designated as Indiana’s second Certified Technology Park. Located at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson, the FEC provides 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.

“The opening of the Flagship Enterprise Center is quite an accomplishment for our community in many ways,” said Tim Lanane, Indiana State Senator, District 25. “It represents the culmination of considerable leadership, careful planning and hard work. But the dedication will also signify the beginning of many new opportunities for jobs and economic development, and that is what is really exciting.”

The new facility was constructed for approximately $4.5 million and provides 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 facility came from $3 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 was $1.6 million from an Economic Development Assistance Grant through the United States Department of Commerce, approximately $450,000 in Economic Development Initiative Grants from the Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development, and two Certified Technology Park Grants in the amount of $1.8 million from the Indiana Department of Commerce.

“The Flagship Enterprise Center represents a building of promise,” said Charles Staley, CEO of the Flagship Enterprise Center and Special Assistant to the President for Engagement 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 brighter tomorrow.”

The architectural firm of K.R. Montgomery and Associates in Anderson designed the project. Gilliatte General Contractors in Indianapolis managed the construction of the facility. Underwriting support for the dedication ceremony of the Flagship Enterprise Center will be provided by Star Financial Bank and Madison Community Bank. Overflow parking for the event will be provided across the street from Remy, Inc. Free shuttle service will take attendees from the parking lots immediately west of the Flagship Enterprise Center. Directional signs will be provided on the day of the dedication.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, education and theology. The Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest undergraduate departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs.