- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says the University of Missouri-Kansas City will receive $7.4 million in state funding for a planned $14.8 million enterprise center.

Nixon announced the funding Tuesday for UMKC’s Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. The Kansas City Star reports the university has already raised $7.4 million in private donations for the center.

Nixon says the center is expected to boost the Kansas City region’s position as an innovation hub.

Students at UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering and at its business school will use the center as a laboratory, incubator and prototyping center. The center also will be available for use by businesses, entrepreneurs and artists.

University students will also work at the center with area school children on the business and marketing aspects of technology.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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