Eastern Nazarene College will play a pivotal role in a new economic development initiative aimed at attracting innovative, entrepreneurial start-up businesses to the City of Presidents.
The Quincy Center for Innovation ? housed at ENC’s Old Colony Campus ? will provide a flexible and affordable environment along with a variety of support services to assist start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs. The 12,500 square-foot facility will also provide a variety of events, education, programs and one-on-one mentoring as well as access to an extensive network of industry experts providing assistance to help start-up companies grow and expand.
A grand opening of the new space was held on October 1 and welcomed business professionals and city leaders to tour the new space.
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch noted that the new initiative is the result of an ambitious partnership among the City of Quincy, ENC, South Shore Innovation and Quincy 2000, the economic development arm of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.
“Business growth and entrepreneurship are at the heart of our city’s great future, and the new Quincy Center for Innovation is a great example of what can happen when our stakeholders in government, business and the community come together and think creatively about ways to promote and sustain growth in our city,” Koch said. “The Chamber of Commerce and ENC deserve great credit for this exciting initiative.”
Quincy Chamber of Commerce President Dean Rizzo agreed. “As we became immersed in our efforts to attract bio-tech and life sciences companies to Quincy, we learned that an innovation center is often the breeding ground for young entrepreneurs in many of the emerging industries we hope to attract,” Rizzo said. “We are extremely grateful to Eastern Nazarene College for their partnership and support which has made our vision a reality.”
President Corlis McGee said the new center’s location at ENC’s Old Colony Campus highlights the college’s important role in the local economy. “Over the years, ENC has developed strong working relationships with local businesses, who value the contributions that ENC student interns and graduates make to their companies,” McGee said. “We’re pleased to strengthen our partnership with the city and to demonstrate the important role Eastern Nazarene College plays in providing educated, highly skilled graduates to entrepreneurial start-ups and established businesses alike.”
Gathering on the third floor of ENC’s Old Colony Campus
(l-r) Chazy Dowaliby, Editor of The Patriot Ledger; Donna Mavromates, Vice President of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Center for Innovation; Dean Rizzo, President of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce; Corlis McGee, President of Eastern Nazarene College
President Corlis McGee welcomes attendants
Quincy Mayor Tom Koch
Quincy Chamber of Commerce president Dean Rizzo
Panorama of guests
Staff members of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce
(L-R) Erin Glennon, marketing assistant and graphic designer; Donna Mavromates, vice president; Maralin Manning, director of business development; Stacy Myers (07, 10) membership development program manager; Dean Rizzo, president.
Not pictured: Margaret Laforest, director of tourism and marketing