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October 9, 2019

New Entrepreneurship Center to be Celebrated with Ceremonial Groundbreaking

 

MD & Local Officials to Join BSU Community to Mark Start of Construction

New Entrepreneurship Center to be Celebrated with Ceremonial Groundbreaking

MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) – Marking a significant expansion of local space for business innovation, dozens of Maryland and local officials join the Bowie State University community to mark the start of construction of a residence hall and entrepreneurship center with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the university’s Charlotte Robinson Hall, Lawn.

Construction on the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community is slated to begin in February 2020, with completion planned by July 2021. Among the officials expected to attend Thursday's event are Maryland Senator Douglas J.J. Peters, District 23 (Prince George’s County), Robert Brennan, executive director, Maryland Economic Development Commission (MEDCO), Tom Sadowski, vice chancellor for economic development, University System of Maryland, and Alfred D. Lott, Bowie city manager.

The residence hall will house more than 500 students and become the new home of the university’s Entrepreneurship Academy, as well as the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), the first business accelerator located at a Maryland historically black university. Not only will it meet the university’s growing demand for on-campus student housing, but the facility will also provide retail space that will be open to the public, space to house Bowie State student businesses, a student makerspace, technology-infused classrooms and more.

The $42 million project is substantially funded with tax-exempt bonds through the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO). Balfour Beatty Construction, the lead contractor for the project, is partnering with Smoot Construction, a minority-owned general contractor, and Design Collective, Inc., a national, award-winning design firm. 

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