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A SURGE IN SOUTHERN INDIANA

Story from Business Facilities Magazine, posted June 2018

workforce trainingSouthern Indiana is experiencing a surge in entrepreneurial opportunities and workforce development thanks to two new efforts that are bringing new resources and programs to the area.

The Purdue Research Foundation, in partnership with Purdue Foundry, the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and Purdue Research Park, stood up its newest tech park, Purdue@WestGate, last year bringing support for entrepreneurs, technology, research, commercialization and job creation throughout Southern Indiana. While the Technology Park, WestGate@Crane, has existed since 2007, the arrival of Purdue has given new life to the park located just off the new I-69 corridor and adjacent to the world’s third largest naval installation, Naval Support Activity Crane.

Since October 2017, Purdue@WestGate already has helped 16 startups bring their business ideas to reality. It’s on track to help 30 startups in its first year to receive business development support through its free program called FireStarter, which allows entrepreneurs to come to them at any point during their business process to receive guidance.

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