Algoma University College is teaming up with Sault Ste. Marie's Innovation Centre and the public utilities commission in proposing a $6.1-million information, communication and technology (ICT) centre at the Queen Street campus.
With a focus on education and business support, the ICT centre will provide incubation space for emerging small- and medium-sized ventures with an emphasis on linking programming and research to industry.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie has committed $254,000 for the capital project, scheduled for completion in spring, 2003 at the school's Queen Street campus. The project partners are counting on senior government agencies - FedNor, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and SuperBuild – to provide 60 per cent funding support.
The 23,800-square-foot two-storey building would include computer and research labs, teleconference and videoconference facilities and space for a small- and medium-sized business incubator office.
The centre would be the home of Algoma's new computer game technology program it is developing with a Scottish university.