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Extrepreneurs Wanted: Tuscarawas County Opens State-of-the-Art High-Tech Business Incubator

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The Tolloty Technology Incubator has been officially opened in New Philadelphia, Ohio, designed to provide start-up space for companies linked to high-tech research, development and intellectual property enterprises.

Located at the gateway to Tuscarawas County's 170-acre Regional Technology Park, the two-story incubator encompasses 27,000 square feet and features a wet lab that is fully equipped for scientific research and testing. It also has eight offices, two conference rooms, a training room, a reception area, flex space for company build-out and a loading dock. A computer network operating center houses servers, data storage and network operations.

When fully occupied, the center is projected to provide business development space involving about 70 people.

"Right now, we are seeking out qualified people with big ideas to occupy our facilities," said Gary Little, executive director of the Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corp. The CIC operates the center, which is owned by Kent State University at Tuscarawas.

"We are seeking entrepreneurs, researchers and developers starting or expanding businesses in science, technology, engineering and other high tech fields," Little continued.

"This is a state-of-the-art facility offering state-of-the-art opportunities - fueling creative minds in developing new computer applications, conducting research and testing in our wet lab and partnerships and collaborations between companies and researchers in the facility as well as with students at the adjacent Tuscarawas Campus of Kent State University."

Mike Lauber, a former CIC president, commented at the building dedication in June, that "the facility is first rate, really well conceived and executed."

Lauber added: "Some people need a little space, some need larger space. Some need very flexible lab space. We've built the infrastructure to be able to accomplish that."

Dr. Gregg Andrews, a former Kent State Tuscarawas dean, was active in the concept and development of the incubator and the tech park. "The Tolloty Incubator will cultivate and nurture the regional economy through new business development, business expansion and creation of high-tech, high-skilled jobs," he said.

"The facilities and services will support the development of a wide range of technology-based companies. By nurturing innovative ideas into ongoing business enterprises, the incubator can spawn the growth of new technology-based businesses in our county, as well as new product development, product improvement and innovation for existing businesses."

Andrews noted that the campus is ideally positioned to provide excellent support for occupants of the new facility as well as integrate various student training programs with the occupants' enterprises.

In addition to the CIC offices, the Tolloty Incubator already houses the Kent State Tuscarawas Small Business Development Center, providing a variety of important resources including small business development consulting and financial and business plan assistance services.

"We are fully prepared to help foster innovative entrepreneurship," said Andrews, "with our campus' Tuscarawas Regional Technology Accelerator and the Reeves Foundation Center for Advanced Technology and Workforce Development for research, prototyping and new equipment training. Also on our campus is an engineering and research facility and we offer ready access to our campus library, which is a also a Federal Repository Library."

Newly appointed Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Brad Bielski, added: "We are excited about our campus' involvement in this important project, and we're looking forward to collaborating with the emerging enterprises that will be occupying the Tolloty Incubator in the near future."

Another nearby asset is Buckeye Career Center, which offers high school and adult education opportunities in advanced technologies.

Funding for the $5.8-million Tolloty Incubator came from a Ohio Development Services Agency Job Ready Sites Grant; a U.S Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant; and an equipment and furnishings grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Additional funding for infrastructure development throughout the Tech Park came from the EDA, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Governor's Office of Appalachia and additional programs through the Ohio Department of Development.

Local funding was provided by the Kent State Tuscarawas, Tuscarawas County commissioners, the city of New Philadelphia and the Tuscarawas County CIC.

The incubator was named for the late Eugene "Gene" Tolloty of Uhrichsville, Ohio, who had been involved in a wide range of regional business development activities including early planning for the business-technology incubator.

The Tolloty Incubator is located at the entrance to the Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park. Carefully planned and integrated into the natural topography of the area, the park is designed to accommodate some two dozen business locations. Each building site - uniquely natural in its setting - benefits from existing paved roadways, utilities, broadband service and other advantages considered necessary for today's viable businesses.

Forty-eight acres in the park are specified as an Ohio Job Ready Site for smart office LEED Certified structures. The remaining 112 acres have restrictive covenants and building review standards for quality-controlled, unified development. Common areas are planned throughout the park to provide inspirational and relaxing venues with nature trails, outdoor lunch areas, ponds and wetlands.

The park, which offers Enterprise Zone tax advantages, is located within the City of New Philadelphia with city services, zoning and deed restrictions.

Convenient accessibility features include a municipal airport and interstate highways, as well as a regional air hub some 35 minutes away.

For details about the park or incubator, call Gary Little, executive director of the Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corp., at 330-308-7524. He can be reached via email at garylittle@tusccic.com. Or write to him at the CIC office in the Tolloty Incubator at 1776 Tech Park Dr., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

The Tolloty Incubator at a Glance

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