It has been nearly five years since the University of Nebraska acquired the former state fairgrounds in Lincoln to develop the Innovation Campus. Dan Duncan is the Innovation Campus Executive Director and says Phase 1 is ahead of schedule with facilities taking shape.
The 4-H Building is linked to a new building forming the Innovation Commons. A Food Innovation Center is scheduled to open in 2015 and it will house UNL’s Department of Food Science & Technology. ConAgra Foods is a private collaborator and they will conduct joint research projects with UNL. There is also a 45,000 square-foot greenhouse center underway.
The Innovation Campus is one of six components of the $20-million economic competitiveness package contained in the University of Nebraska’s 2015-17 biennial budget requests. Other components include the Rural Futures Institute, the National Strategic Research Institute, the Peter Kiewit Institute, the Health and Science Education Complex in Kearney and business engagement and workforce development initiatives throughout their four campus system.