$750,000 EDA Grant Announced
The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Osage County Industrial Authority (OCIA) and the City of Pawhuska a $750,000 grant to build a business incubator in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The grant is part of a $2M funding package made possible by a federal disaster declaration as a result of flooding in Osage County in June 2008.
Additional funding components include a $500,000 CDBG-EDIF grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, $250,000 from the Osage Nation, and $243,000 in land and matching funds from OCIA. The City of Pawhuska will provide approximately $50,000 of in-kind match, including water and sewer service to the site. Also, Tri-County Technology Center in Bartlesville will maintain a full-time staff position once construction is completed.
INCOG facilitated the project by helping to complete and support the EDA grant application. INCOG has also signed a service agreement with OCIA for ongoing grant administration.
Business incubators are designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.
Ground Broken for Pawhuska Business Development Center
The Osage County Industrial Authority (OCIA) hosted a groundbreaking Thursday, November 18, 2010 for the new Pawhuska Business Development Center. Among those in attendance for the occasion were notable guests Principal Chief of the Osage Nation, John Red Eagle and Pedro Garza, Regional Director of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Following the groundbreaking, a reception was held at the Dave Landrum Community Center where R.J. Walker, Chairman of the OCIA introduced the guests who conveyed their excitement about the new Center.
The Pawhuska Business Development Center will be a 20,000 square foot Business Incubator and Training Center operated by Tri County Technology Center. Partners for the project include: Osage County Industrial Authority, Osage Nation, City of Pawhuska, Tri County Technology Center, US Economic Development Administration, Osage County, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. INCOG was instrumental in securing the $750,000 EDA grant and will handle ongoing grant administration.
Pictured above (from L to R): R.J. Walker, Chairman, Osage County Industrial Authority; John Red Eagle, Principal Chief, Osage Nation; Jerri Jean Branstetter, Speaker, Osage Nation Congress; Lindel Fields, Superintendent, Tri County Technology Center; Andy Suritte, Mayor, City of Pawhuska; Pedro Garza, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Rich Brierre, Executive Director, INCOG; Duane Mass, President, Mass Architects; Terry Heilig, TLH & Associates; and Mike Owen, Vice President, Atlas General Contractors, LLC.