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Georgia Southern opens downtown business 'incubator'

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

The next Google or other high-tech company may get its start in Statesboro. The city and Georgia Southern formally opened their new addition downtown.

Called an "innovation incubator", it gives small start-up companies a low-cost place to start and access to resources that will help them grow and succeed.

"This is a golden opportunity to help build new businesses in our community, generate new jobs and put more people to work. City Campus can be a catalyst for economic change in our region," said Georgia Southern president Dr. Brooks Keel.

City and university leaders said the project would not have been possible without $1.1 million in federal grant funding from the Economic Development Administration with the help of Congressman John Barrow.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the small business owners who are going to find the resources here that they need to compete and to grow," said Barrow. "It's going to be a huge opportunity for Georgia Southern to break out and be a leader in business development. It's a huge opportunity for this community to show how you can come together to create the conditions to grow businesses."

Barrow told those gathered for the opening that Georgia Southern was the only university in the state besides Georgia Tech to receive a grant for such a center. 

The center will offer office and work space, high speed internet and conference and classroom areas. 

For more information, visit http://coba.georgiasouthern.edu/city-campus/

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