Norfolk State opens new innovation center in downtown Norfolk


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk State University has opened a new innovation center in downtown Norfolk.

School and city officials held a ribbon cutting on Monday for the center, which they say will be an entrepreneurial and creative hub for the community.

It’s located on Main Street.

“The whole NSU community is excited about the possibilities of being on Main Street in the innovation corridor,” said interim president Dr. Melvin Stith.

Stith says the center will be a place for students and professionals to come together, learn and provide dialogue within the community.

“An executive from across the street can come down, give a lecture and go back to their office. Our students can get back on our buses and go back to campus,” Stith said.

Glenn Carrington, who is the dean of the business school, said it will give the school’s approximately 700 business students a place to get experience and help refine ideas.

“They’ll be able to come down and with an individual, who has an idea to try to take it to the market and show them the ropes. Show them the ABCs of entrepreneurship,” he said.

Carrington, who graduated from Norfolk State in the 1970s, says this expansion into the community is just one of many signs of the school’s growth.

“It was exciting then, but even more exciting now. The opportunities here, the campus here, the communication we seem to have is unbelievable. It’s a place you want to be,” he said.

Carrington hopes the center will be a hub where academics and the community mixes and encourages professionals who work nearby to come and stop by to see what all is happening in the center.

He says the school already has people lined up to come and use the resources.

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