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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Shakopee Jan. 20 to meet with city officials and discuss future plans for the Regional Innovation Hub.
The Regional Innovation Hub, a planned 30,000-square-foot facility in downtown Shakopee, would provide job training, postsecondary education and entrepreneurial opportunities in the seven-county south metro region.
The innovation hub would also work as an activity center, with kitchen space and classrooms to host community events and programs. “This is just such a cool program,” Klobuchar said in a city press release. “I’m very excited about it and want to help in any way I can.”
The city has also signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Minnesota State University-Mankato to work on providing quality educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Klobuchar has secured $1.5 million in funding for the innovation hub. The press release states that the Democrat’s funding was the first funding commitment for the project.