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September 4th, 2009
Gov. Jay Nixon will speak at dedication ceremonies for Northwest's new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which are now scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Lawmakers, university officials, center tenants and economic development advocates are also expected to attend. The event will take place at the center, which is located on the north edge of campus west of North College Drive and south of West 16th Street.
The 46,679-square-foot center has two synergistic components: a mixed-use technology business incubator and an academic facility. The incubator is designed to house several start-up companies, and the academic facility has been programmed to house Northwest's new nanotechnology baccalaureate degree program, which began courses this fall.
"Northwest has the only non-engineering-based nanoscience degree program in the state and in the region," said Dr. Charles McAdams, dean of Northwest's College of Arts and Sciences. "The academic portion of the center means that students can come to Northwest, major in nanoscale science, have hands-on experience with companies in the CIE and be prepared for either graduate school or careers in commercial laboratories."
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