Today, Congressman Joe Donnelly announced that he secured funding though the Congressional appropriations process for Innovation Park at Notre Dame, which will serve as a key economic development initiative for the City of South Bend.
"The City of South Bend will use the funds to help purchase the necessary laboratory equipment to help Innovation Park researchers discover and bring to market new advances in the life sciences. The equipment will be the basic foundation of a world class research center that will drive job growth and innovation in the city's future," Donnelly said. "I commend the City of South Bend, area business and community leaders and the University of Notre Dame for their vision and leadership in making Innovation Park a reality."
Innovation Park will eventually include 250,000 gross square feet of newly constructed, secure, Class A office and laboratory space, including wet lab capability and other equipment and work space needed for the fabrication of working prototypes of various research devices. It will also act as a base for Notre Dame's new and expanded biological and environmental research initiatives in fields such as microfluidic sensors and microbe detection.
"Not only will the research performed at Innovation Park benefit north central Indiana, but it will also produce tangible benefits for the rest of the country," Donnelly said. "Most importantly, however, Innovation Park will bring hundreds of new jobs to the South Bend area and encourage more development in the city. This is an exciting time for South Bend."
"Innovation Park will strengthen Notre Dame's commitment to being a top-tier research university and will spur economic growth in South Bend. With Innovation Park as the launch pad, South Bend will propel new companies into global orbit as our residents find good jobs in the emerging high-tech economy," said South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke. "Congressman Joe Donnelly's leadership has been critical to securing the resources necessary to make this dream a reality."
"I am happy that the collaboration between the city of South Bend, the University, and local business and community leaders persists in the Innovation Park progress," said Patrick McMahon, executive director of Project Future, the non-profit economic development organization for St. Joseph County. "We are grateful to Congressman Donnelly for his commendable efforts to secure funds for this worthwhile project."
"Innovation Park at Notre Dame is an exciting initiative that will take ideas to the marketplace and spur economic growth in our region," said David Brenner, director of Innovation Park. "We are tremendously grateful to Congressman Donnelly for his support in securing funding for the laboratory equipment for this project."