NEW! A Web gallery of the day's activities can be viewed by clicking here.
ACCELERATOR DEDICATION – Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain (left), Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and Sault Mayor Tony Bosbous wield scissors to formally open the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone business accelerator building on Aug. 16. The facility provides start up space to help entrepreneurs learn about and select manufacturing and business methods appropriate for their ventures, and to build initial production runs before moving into a facility such as the EDC's Industrial Incubator, which houses new businesses as they get a foothold in the community. SmartZones are technology centers designated to promote resource collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions, establishing technology-based business and jobs. Established in fall 2008, the Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone is one of only two in the U.P. (LSSU/John Shibley)
A print-resolution photo that runs with this caption can be found by clicking here.
John Shibley, e-mail
, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail