Francis Tuttle Technology Center officials held an official groundbreaking ceremony the morning of Tuesday, July 17, 2012 for a new location on Progressive Drive in Cross Timbers Office Park Northeast, near the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Covell Road. The Francis Tuttle Business Innovation Center will accommodate Business and Industry Services, adult and career development courses, the Center for Municipal Excellence and a business incubator.

Business and Industry Services is a comprehensive consulting and training group comprised of specialists experienced in a variety of industries. Customized business performance solutions are developed to address the specific needs of organizations to enhance and ensure success.

Adult and career development courses are short-term, adult education courses developed for professional development and personal enrichment in many areas. Courses are currently held at the Downtown Community Center and will move to the new location once complete.

The Center for Municipal Excellence is the result of a partnership between the City of Edmond and Francis Tuttle designed to meet the specific needs of municipal workers. Training focuses on systematic work practices and refining skill sets relevant to public works. Employees from municipalities across the state may attend the training provided through the CME.

Business incubators accelerate the successful development of start-up companies by providing entrepreneurs with targeted resources and services which prepare entrepreneurs and companies for success in the marketplace. Successful completion of a business incubation program increases the likelihood that a startup company will stay in business for the long term. Some studies have reported up to 87 percent of incubator graduates remained in business.

The two-story 38,000 square foot facility is being developed by Raptor Properties. The Business Innovation Center is expected to open in Fall 2013.

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