Gov. Scott Walker, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Brown County and Green Bay community leaders gathered this week for the groundbreaking of the $15 million Brown County STEM Innovation Center that will be housed on the UW-Green Bay campus.
The center will serve as home of UW-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering and the Einstein Project, a nonprofit that supports STEM education. It aims to address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap as qualified employees support manufacturing growth and enterprise.
Miron Construction Co. Inc. is serving as general contractor for the 63,790-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open in August 2019. The project received $5 million in funding from the governor’s 2017-19 capital budget, $5 million from Brown County and $5 million in donations through UW-Green Bay.
“This community has been asking for engineering and STEM careers for decades,” Miller said in a press release. “Through our partnership with Brown County in the STEM Innovation Center, we established the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering to help meet the needs of this community. This is the first school of engineering established and based in Northeast Wisconsin, and we believe it will transform the economy for generations.”
With the three entities contributing to the project, leaders say it creates a unique collaboration that will have a positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy. It has garnered broad support of the local business community, employers, the State of Wisconsin and the UW System.
Miller said the school hopes to continue to create “many innovative public-private partnerships that support the innovation economy, knowledge creation and opportunity for the students of this region in the STEM areas.”
UW-Green Bay also designated 64 acres to the development of the Phoenix Innovation Park.