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UC receives $1.9M funding to create innovation hub



The University of Charleston will be creating the UC Downtown Innovation Hub to help small businesses in the Kanawha Valley scale up and grow. The UC DIH co-locates a business coworking space, business accelerator, coaching, advising, employee training, and community event space at the corner of Capitol and Lee Streets in the heart of downtown Charleston, West Virginia’s capitol city.  The services provided will assist small businesses in creating economic opportunities, create and retain jobs, and generate private investment.

Both West Virginia Senators played pivotal roles in helping UC secure the U.S. EDA funding.  “West Virginia’s small businesses are truly the backbone of our local economies,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito said. “Our small businesses deserve to operate in an environment that fosters and encourages growth, and the creation of the Downtown Innovation Hub in Charleston will help do just that.”  Senator Joe Manchin also shared that “this announcement is great news for the University of Charleston and the entire Kanawha County Community.  The new Downtown Innovation Hub will support sustainable economic growth throughout the region that will create good-paying jobs and spur economic opportunity.”

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