Gannon University New Center for Business Ingenuity Creates Unique Synergistic Possibilities

Posted: June 16, 2014

A landmark building in the heart of Erie's central business district will be transformed by Gannon University into a Center for Business Ingenuity. The building, located at 900 State Street, will house the University's College of Engineering and Business, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Erie Technology Incubator (ETI), creating a setting for collaboration between regional businesses and University students and faculty.

Construction crews have been hard at work on the project for the new Center for Business Ingenuity located at 900 State St. in Erie's busy central business district. Perry Construction Group have been named as the general contractor on the project and are working steadily on pace.

The project is expected to expand over a few years, with ETI being the first to transition into the new building at the end of 2014. Gannon's Dahlkemper School of Business will follow soon after with the SBDC expecting to join as the final entity transitioning to the new integrated location.

Dean of the University's College of Engineering and Business, W.L. Scheller, Ph.D., spoke to the important synergies achieved by co-location. "We now have the opportunity to provide a broad range of services to entrepreneurs and existing businesses by drawing on the talents of Dahlkemper School of Business faculty and students, while providing faculty and students the opportunity to develop their own businesses."

Plans for the new building include more opportunities for students including internships, graduate assistantships, field experience and service-learning opportunities. The central location will allow for the most effective collaboration between the three entities, which plan to work together to provide resources and support in future initiatives. The Center for Business Ingenuity will also include more tenant spaces for ETI, laboratories, classrooms, offices, conference rooms and dining.

William C. Schettine, a Chautauqua County, N.Y. businessman, gave the landmark glass curtain-walled building to the University as a gift. "Mr. Schettine's generous gift will enable us not only to advance our strategic goal of innovation and delivering value to our students, but also to continue to invest in downtown Erie, an area in which we hope to be a transformational leader," said Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D.