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USC, Columbia and SCRA officials break ground on Innovation Center
USC, Columbia and SCRA officials break ground on Innovation Center

USC, SCRA break ground on Innovation Center

The University of South Carolina, the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Research Authority broke ground Friday (Feb. 12) for the SCRA USC Innovation Center on Catawba Street.

Slated to open its doors this June, the facility will house knowledge-based and light-manufacturing companies emerging from research at the university and in the marketplace. The center will be an intermediate step for companies before they move into their own facilities and commercialize their research.

The facility is situated and designed to stimulate and sustain clean, next-generation manufacturing, along with related development and support services.

The SCRA USC Innovation Center is the second of three world-class facilities that SCRA is providing in conjunction with its university and civic partners in South Carolina to grow the Knowledge Economy. With these Centers, SCRA is fulfilling legislative mandates identified in the Innovation Centers Act focused on the commercialization of new knowledge-based discoveries. Since SCRA is self-supporting, the facilities are being funded through SCRA’s retained earnings and balance sheet, and no South Carolina state taxpayer monies are being used to provide the facilities.

“This is a great step forward for Columbia entering the knowledge economy,” said City of Columbia Mayor Bob Coble.

“The Innovation Center is a major part of the Innovista vision for a vibrant, knowledge-based community,” said Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships. “I look forward to the day when talented entrepreneurs who have the drive to build their businesses and create good jobs in the Midlands will fill the center with creative ideas and innovative products. Today is an important milestone and a tribute to SCRA and to the leaders in the General Assembly who crafted and supported the Innovation Centers Act.”

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