New Albany is charging forward in the Central Ohio region with the Innovate New Albany Initiative. The initiative was set up to connect the entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to build their business.
Development director Jennifer Chrysler has implemented the initiative on many levels. Drawing entrepreneurs who want to develop business ideas or start a new company is New Albany’s new business incubator site at 8000 Walton Pkwy. The site includes 7,900 square feet provided by the New Albany Co., the area’s largest developer.
Known as INC@8000, the site offers infrastructure and connectivity to the fiber-optics network provided by Bluemile. The initiative also has set up many resources that can help startups, including the TechStart program, which offers companies mentoring and consulting services as well as office, meeting and lab facilities.
This growth in innovation has also bled into the local schools. The New Albany-Plain Local School District hosts a Cisco computer academy, through which its students can become certified to work with computers and networks.
Chrysler points out, “We want to grow innovation at all these different levels, “This is a comprehensive, community-wide approach to economic development,” Chrysler said. “We want to cultivate that type of environment that is rich with innovation.”
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