AU helps dedicate Flagship Accelerator

Thu, 2007-06-28 16:00 -- univcomm
June 28, 2007

The Flagship Enterprise Center dedicated the new Flagship Accelerator adjacent to I-69 and southwest of Remy, Inc. within the Flagship Business Park. The new facility will support the needs of incubator graduates and qualified “early stage companies” that are transitioning to a permanent location within Anderson and Madison County. Participating in the program was Charles Staley, CEO of the Flagship Enterprise Center and special assistant to the president for Engagement at Anderson University; Kevin S. Smith, Mayor of the City of Anderson; Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University, Tim Lanane, Indiana State Senator--District 25, and Dr. Kerry Robinson, AU trustee and senior pastor of East Side Church of God in Anderson (Photo (l-r): Dr. Kerry Robinson, Mayor Kevin Smith, Charles Staley, Dr. James Edwards, State Senator Tim Lanane).

Built in partnership with the City of Anderson, the Flagship Accelerator will represent the third facility, including the recently dedicated Anderson Business Incubator at 700 Meridian Street in Anderson, within the management portfolio of the Flagship Enterprise Center. In addition, the Flagship Enterprise Center also hosts the Flagship Education Center supporting the educational operations of Anderson University and Purdue University.

The new facility was built for a cost of approximately $2.6 million plus lands costs. The facility will provide approximately 70,000 square-feet of operational space and 28 feet of “clear span” for storage, light manufacturing, and prototyping. The facility will be constructed to accommodate additional office space as needed by accelerator tenants. GDI Construction Corporation will be the design-build contractor for the project.

Created through a partnership between Anderson University and the City of Anderson, the Flagship Enterprise Center serves as a small business incubator and growth stage business accelerator. Through its client-specific Client Support Program, the FEC helps emerging companies to become independently viable. Located at I-69 and (exit 22) in Anderson, the FEC provides ongoing contact with management consultants, university researchers, student mentoring opportunities and access to capital. For more information contact the Flagship Enterprise Center at 765-622-0100 or www.flagshipenterprise.org

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.