A project that will redevelop the Le Moyne Plaza will be funded in part by a grant of $485,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). Announced on Thursday, Dec. 19 at an REDC event in Albany, the state grant will contribute to the overall $2.45 million project to develop an "entrepreneurial plaza" at Le Moyne. Watch coverage about the project that ran on Channel 9 WSYR-TV.
An Entrepreneurial Plaza and Makerspace Lab will be created as part of the project. They will be located in the Le Moyne Plaza at 1135 Salt Springs Road, which will be reconfigured and will act as an incubator, accelerator and shared workspace for entrepreneurs across all industries. The Makerspace Lab will be a collaborative workspace open to people of all ages in the community, and will include a mechanical room, virtual lab, woodshop, 3D printing lab and shared work spaces. Both of these will be under the auspices of the College's Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity.
“This project is clearly a win-win for Le Moyne and the entire Central New York region,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “It will serve to strengthen the academic offerings the College provides for our students, while also deepening our ties to the local community. We will create a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility that will be utilized by the public in a variety of ways, from K-12 students to entrepreneurs at all stages of development.”
The grant to Le Moyne is part of $86.2 million that was announced for the five-county Central New York region at the event in Albany. Established in 2011 by Gov. Cuomo, the REDC has 10 designated regions across the state. The College has used previous REDC grants to support basic science, health professions, engineering and business disciplines – areas critical to the regional priorities to grow the CNY economy in emerging high-tech manufacturing and medicine fields.