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This time last month the Fairmont Community Development Partnership was raising funds for their business incubator project.
At Wednesday's Marion County Commission meeting they received the remainder of those funds and now they are ready to move on to the next step.
"We have been involved and looking at this project for about a year now," said FCDP Director Bob Gribben. "So this is kind of an exciting moment and stuff like that. It means we really need to get down to business."
The property is owned by Central United Methodist Church and was destroyed by a fire several years ago.
Central United Methodist has agreed to donate the property to FCDP.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Neighborworks, and the West Virginia Development Office have donated $160,000.
Marion County Commission gave it the extra $40,000 it needed to get the project started.
"They are the anchor piece that we needed," Gribben said. "They are very much dedicated to helping businesses throughout this whole North Central West Virginia Region."
FCDP has partnered up with Fairmont State University's School of Business to use the building to set up a business incubator. The incubator will serve five start-up entrepreneurs.
FSU said its faculty will be available for any help and the students will benefit from learning opportunities that will be provided through internships at the incubator.
"The ongoing management of the incubator and new businesses that will be in it will provide opportunities for our students to do internships in a whole range of areas of expertise," said FSU Business Center Director Dr. Gina Fantasia.
Now that the partnership has received the remainder of the funds, they hope to get the ball rolling in the next couple of weeks.
They said they would like to have businesses into 317 Fairmont Avenue sometime this spring.
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