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Technical Innovation Center

September 22, 2005

The Technical Innovation Center opened in 1994, adjacent to the Advanced Technology Center at Hagerstown Community College.

Its mission is to foster higher wage employment opportunities by aiding technology and manufacturing businesses during their startup years. The center focuses on software and information technology companies.

The $2.2 million Technical Innovation Center - better known as the college's "business incubator" - leases manufacturing and office space to new and expanding businesses and provides management and financial guidance to entrepreneurs in the Quad-State area.

The Technical Innovation Center's advanced communication infrastructure and proximity to the Advanced Technology Center provide tenants with high-speed Internet access and the ability to use highly sophisticated manufacturing and communications equipment. Technical expertise also is available. The center also is able to provide its tenants with grants from the Maryland Technology Development Corp. for high-end professional services.

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The Technical Innovation Center is self-supporting. Surplus revenue is reinvested in additional shared equipment for client businesses. About 15 businesses were renting space at the center in July.

The center helps pay for Hagerstown Community College educational initiatives related to business development and co-sponsors other economic development agencies' activities.

The center's director is Chris Marschner.

For information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 399.

The center's Web address is www.technicalinnovationcenter.com.

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