The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 17, 2012

Francis Tuttle, City of Edmond break ground

Center for Municipal Excellence to be ready fall 2013

EDMOND — Men working and machinery grinding formed a fitting backdrop as dignitaries gathered Tuesday to break ground on Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s newest location.

Francis Tuttle has joined the City of Edmond as partners in the future of economic growth in career technology.

The 38,000-square-foot Francis Tuttle Center for Municipal Excellence is being developed on the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Covell Road. The project will cost between $8.5 million to $9 million to build.

The center is a partnership between Francis Tuttle and the City of Edmond to provide training services for municipal employees.

The center will include the Business Innovation Center, offering adult and career development courses and workshops with classrooms and offices for a business incubator.

The Business Innovation Center is being touted as a community effort that potentially will impact not only the nation but the world.

The new facility will house educators working in teams with clients to create customized business performance solutions that last, said Tom Friedemann, Francis Tuttle superintendent/CEO.

“Business incubators, like the one we’ll feature at the Business Innovation Center, are designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies by providing an environment in which resources are shared between companies,” Friedemann said. “Incubators exponentially increase the likelihood that a start-up company will succeed.”

The 11,000 square feet of business incubator space is expected to produce four graduates of the incubator process after the first three years, which will equate to 20 or more companies added to the community in a five-year period, said Peggy Geib, head of business and industry services at Francis Tuttle in an earlier interview.

Francis Tuttle’s district is made up of just under 415 square miles.

The CareerTech system long has been used to maintain a highly skilled workforce, which in turn drives economic development efforts statewide.

State Treasurer Ken Miller told members of the audience that land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship will grow a better people and economy.

“The center will produce great things for years to come,” Miller said.

With the completion date of the building set for the summer of 2013, Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens said, “This is a paradigm shift for Edmond in terms of economic development. We are just scratching the surface of what this will be.”

The two-story facility in Cross Timbers Office Park has been designed by developer Raptor Properties, which is leasing the property to Francis Tuttle on a lease-to-own plan.

Business and Industry Services at Francis Tuttle Technology Center works with local businesses to identify needs and develop training to improve performance.

The Business Innovation Center is in Cross Timbers Northeast, 2824 Progressive Drive in Edmond. For inquiries, call Business and Industry Services at 717-4740 or go to francistuttle.edu/BIC.

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