EDMOND — Construction on a 38,000-square-foot training center has been delayed at least four months due to modifications to the design.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center officials said new plans have been
Bruce Campbell, associate superintendent, said the building will cost between $8.5 million and $9 million.
Plans are to start classes in the new center in August 2013.
The center, which may be called the Francis Tuttle Business Innovation Center, is part of a 300-acre development expected to be built on three corners of the intersection in far north Edmond. A conference center, full-service hotel and indoor sports complex are expected to be built as part of the public-private project.
City officials this week closed the deal to buy 7.1 acres of land where the hotel and conference center will be built. The cost was $2.2 million.
Support for business
Peggy Geib, Francis Tuttle assistant superintendent, said the new center will include a business incubator, a program that will offer support for successful development of entrepreneurial companies through a number of resources and services.
People will be able to operate their startup businesses out of the 11,000-square-foot space designated for the business incubator. There will be space for networking, offices and shop areas.
“This is pretty exciting,” Geib said this week during the Edmond Economic Development Authority 4o'clock 4cast. “This is new to Edmond. This is new to Francis Tuttle. This is really cool.”
National statistics show businesses that participate in an incubator are 80 percent more likely to
“Every dollar invested results in $45 in sales tax,” Geib said. “This is an exciting time for us — lots of pioneering for us.”
Janet Yowell, Edmond Economic and Development Authority executive director, said the business incubator will be a benefit for her office in recruiting businesses to Edmond.
“This will be another tool in my toolbox,” Yowell said.
The center will offer customized training for companies within the technology center district. Career training classes for high school and adult students also will take place at the new center.
The Center for Municipal Excellence, a program to train a professional, qualified labor force for municipalities, will be housed in the new center as well.
The municipal excellence program, a partnership between the city of Edmond and Francis Tuttle, was formed in 2009 as Edmond officials were looking for a way to provide comprehensive and consistent training for employees repairing the city's streets and water and wastewater lines.
The program now operates out of the city's Cross Timbers Municipal Complex and uses the city's training grounds.
Edmond officials said they saved $170,000 after the June 2010 flood because city employees had been trained through the program. Now, the Center for Municipal Excellence is training public works employees from other cities across the state.
“That brings people into the city, and that is economic development also,” Geib said.