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.