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Open house set for Enterprise Center

ANGOLA — The Enterprise Center, 907 S. Wayne St., is nearing completion and is ready to show the area what it has to offer, and an open house will be held in May to show off the facility.

The classrooms now have desks and chairs, and are just awaiting the installation of the audio-visual equipment and computers for each learning station.

An Americans with Disabilities Act compliant chair lift has also been installed, and Steuben County Economic Development Executive Director Isaac Lee said it will be certified and ready for use soon.

Also in place is an ADA-compliant staircase that was galvanized by AZZ Galvanizing in Hamilton.

“This staircase wouldn’t typically be a finished product, but when someone local like AZZ wants to come in and help on a project like this, you let them. It’s great because students taking our industrial classes can see a locally made finished product,” said Lee of the staircase.

WorkOne has desks and has been actively putting up its signs. The state employment and training agency is slated to move into the facility on May 1.

During Tuesday’s Steuben County Economic Development Corporation board meeting, Lee said he has big plans for the future of both the SCEDC and the Enterprise Center.

“I want the training providers to know that this facility is for their training. It’s not a school. It is for them to do their work, get their enrollment, train their people,” said Lee. “I want it used as a supplement for them.”

“It takes private and public sector investments for things to run smoothly,” Lee said.

Private sector investment will help identify the value and add programs and services that can be implements to benefit individual companies and the community. A portion of the initial funding for The Enterprise Center was through private investment from local investors that saw the need for the facility in the community.

He would also like to see the SCEDC as the primary lead for tax abatement compliance in the county.

“Currently there are at least 63 abatements in Steuben County, not counting those that have been added recently,” Lee said.

The Enterprise Center will be having an open house event on May 4 from 4-7 p.m. at the facility, 907 S. Wayne St., Angola.

Lee said he’d like to see people there to tour the facility, see that it exists and what it can do for organizations and businesses.

The tour is being organized to allow people before and after business hours to see the facility.

The open house is open to all. Lee said businesses and individuals alike will benefit from the programs, and he invites all to come and learn more about the facility and see how the vision has become a reality for the area.