Ribbon cutting ceremony

Entrepreneurs and scientists have access to a space within a new facility to grow their startup business, create jobs and keep their operations in Flagstaff.

A ribbon-cutting event marked the official opening of the business accelerator on innovation mesa, a product of the partnership between the city of Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University, the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and state and federal agencies.

NAU President Rita Cheng joined the ceremony, alongside Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours, NACET President Annette Zinky and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and Arizona Commerce Authority.

“More than anything this space represents the best outcomes we could hope for in partnerships,” Cheng said. “As a city, university and community, we are leveraging our resources to help entrepreneurs, scientists and innovators establish a solid footing with their businesses during the initial phase that is so critical. By investing in their success, we invest in our own success as a community.”

The 28,000-square-foot facility features six wet/dry labs, 25 offices, three manufacturing spaces and a community alternate emergency operations center.