JCC Seeks Million$ For Tech Space In Downtown Watertown

JCC Seeks Million$ For Tech Space In Downtown Watertown

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Jefferson Community College wants to bring what's called a tech space to downtown Watertown. According to the college's president, it would be space for students and the community.

President Dr. Ty Stone met with community leaders Friday morning to talk about her first 100 days at the college and her priorities for 2018.

One of her priorities is improving the college's community engagement and partnerships. Part of that involves creating a JCC tech space in downtown Watertown.

"If we can be downtown and have some site downtown that we could take to the community, I think that will be really important and really helpful in getting more people engaged in what we do," said Dr. Stone.

Dr. Stone says the college has applied for a $4 million state grant that would enhance the $10 million the city got back in October. The new tech space would house what Stone is calling a "fab lab" that would include 3D printers. She also says the college would like to open the tech space up to entrepreneurs.

"We're hoping these small firms who would like to do this 3D type of printing and that kind of stuff who really might not be able to afford the equipment to be able to use the equipment in the space," she said.

That type of idea is what Washington Street Properties founder and CEO Brian Murray says would complement a new project the company is working on for the Lincoln Building.  

"It's called a co-working innovation center. What it is, is a location for entrepreneurs, start ups, people working at home to come in and share a space," said Murray.

Washington Street Properties is just in the planning phase of that project and Dr. Stone says she's still waiting to hear back from the state about the grant.

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