Pine Technical & Community College is the home to the new Pine Innovation Center, a local business incubation center. The incubator will support high-tech and light manufacturing entrepreneurs in the community, and at the same time, give PTCC students access to internships and practical experience in cutting-edge high-tech industry. PTCC and a body of experts from the Pine Area will provide consulting services, technical expertise, product evaluation, assistance with marketing and business planning, and much more to start-ups and growing businesses choosing to reside in the incubator while putting down roots.
PTCC's current Continuing Education and Customized Training department is also housed in the building, designed by Cuningham Group Architecture. More than 10 PTCC staff and faculty members, administrators, and members of the larger Pine Area comprise the committee that worked closely with the firm toward the best design. Construction/ground-breaking began in Spring of 2013 and is now complete and available for tenants.
"It is our vision the incubator will serve as a solid foundation for highly successful companies," says PTCC President Robert Musgrove. "PTCC can offer promising start-up companies a nurturing environment for growth as well as opportunities to tap into a rich network of business resources that are invaluable to a company’s development," Musgrove adds.
The new Pine Innovation Center to house light manufacturing and technology-based businesses working toward producing innovative products or services. The facility is designed to house two to three start-up companies simultaneously, as well as comfortable meeting space. Additionally, the facility is designed in a resource-efficient manner, sing renewable energy. For more information, call 320-629-5140.