Nebraska Innovation Campus is open for business, officially.
The old State Fairgrounds in Lincoln have been slowly changing the past few years. Some research, class work, and companies have already moved in.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman, though, on Thursday celebrated the official opening of Innovation Campus.
“Connecting talent, connecting ideas, connecting resources to transform ideas into innovation,” Perlman told those attending a special reception prior to today’s grand opening. “We are connecting the dots; connecting to our future.”
Even its address attests to what the university wants to accomplish: 2021 Transformation Drive.
Innovation Campus contains the shell of a former State Fair building. Otherwise, it is a gleaning example of cutting edge American business culture.
As the university describes it, Nebraska Innovation Campus is designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the university and private-sector businesses; in some ways a public-private business incubator. Classrooms and workshops are designed to spark interaction, the sharing of ideas to inspire creative activity that can be channeled into global innovation.
Gov. Peter Ricketts stated the campus will leverage the research of the university with the resources of the private sector.
“All of these players coming together to really leverage their strengths, bringing the full weight of all that talent together to solve problems,” according to Ricketts.
Once fully developed, Nebraska Innovation Campus will occupy 2.2 million square feet in Lincoln, next to the Devaney Center.
Public tours begin at 4 o’clock this afternoon. The Nebraska Alumni Association will host Football Friday at NIC from 5 until 7 o’clock this evening.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]