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ABI breaks ground on ASU incubator.

Arkansas State University Arkansas State University, at Jonesboro; coeducational; chartered 1909; named State Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1925–33. In 1933 the school became Arkansas State College, and in 1967 it achieved university status and adopted its present name.  broke ground recently on a business incubator Business incubators are organizations that support the entrepreneurial process, helping to increase survival rates for innovative startup companies. Entrepreneurs with feasible projects are selected and admitted into the incubators, where they are offered a specialized menu of  that will be part of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute at the Jonesboro campus.

The work is funded through a $1.75 million Commerce Department grant awarded earlier this year. Gov. Mike Beebe Michael Dale Beebe (born December 28 1946) is the current Governor of Arkansas and a member of the Democratic Party. Background
Beebe was born in Amagon, a small town in Jackson County, Arkansas. He was reared by his mother, a waitress, and never met his father.
 was on hand for the Sept. 26 ceremony.

The Biosciences Institute has been operating for five years, funded with $20 million from the state's $1.8 billion settlement with tobacco companies. The center has since received grants to study the effects of nicotine nicotine, C10H14N2, poisonous, pale yellow, oily liquid alkaloid with a pungent odor and an acrid taste. It turns brown on exposure to air.  and to conduct other research.

The business incubator will serve as an innovation center and help small businesses develop based on research by the institute. The grant was issued with the region's economic development in mind.

When the incubator is at full capacity, it will have a dozen labs.

The facility is also to coordinate with the Delta Center for Economic Development to help rural communities that have been affected by natural disasters.

Carole Cramer, the institute's executive director, said 60 graduate students and 200 undergraduates had studied in the institute. She said instruction had been the first job of the center, with research a close second.

Cramer said the center was frequently a stop for visits by students, from kindergarten through high school, geared toward encouraging them to pursue science careers.

U.S. Rep. Marion Berry This article is about U.S. House member. For the former mayor of Washington, DC, see Marion Barry. For the fruit, see Marionberry.

Robert Marion Berry (born August 27 1942) has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997,
, D-Ark., was on hand for the ceremony and noted the long history of cooperation that helped the center develop.

"Something like this doesn't happen unless everybody in the community works Police and Community Youth Clubs PCYC

Originally known as the 'Police Rotary Youth Club' PCYC originated in Sydney, Australia in the 1930s. There are currently 57 clubs in New South Wales.
 together," Berry said. "Care for it, nurture it, and it will continue to yield."
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Title Annotation:Innovation Briefs
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Date:Oct 5, 2009
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