WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Shawnee State University $2,793,392 for the Kricker Innovation Hub, which opened last Friday. The innovation accelerator will help facilitate job creation and encourage entrepreneurship by providing small business owners with resources to grow their businesses. The hub will also serve as a community engagement center for partnerships, education and cultural development throughout the area. On Friday, a representative from Brown’s office attended the Kricker Innovation Hub opening.
“Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world, and the investments announced today for the Kricker Innovation Hub will help ensure workers and students in Southeast Ohio secure the resources they need to remain competitive,” said Brown. “I’m happy to see EDA recognize the strength of Ohio workers and Ohio universities, and I support any effort that invests in Ohioans and grows our state’s economy.”
This project is funded under the 2018 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2108) program, through which EDA will award funds on a competitive basis to assist communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities.