Top 10 Ways Fab Lab ICC Impacts the Local-Area Economy-2021
Jim Correll, director Fab Lab ICC at Independence Community College, Independence Kansas
A lot has happened since I first wrote this piece back in 2016. A new building has been added to the north end of the Lab, infusing nearly $350,000 in Federal money into the local economy. We’ve helped many businesses either start of grow and provide maker experiences to hundreds of youth. Then, of course, came the pandemic of 2020. Even through the shutdowns, we’ve stayed busy and did our part to help several businesses make it through this tough economic year. As I review the list from 2016, I realize most remain applicable as we move into a new year as the new vaccines and herd immunity close the door on COVID-19.
Many understand that Fab Lab ICC is available to community members, entrepreneurs and small business owners for a small annual membership fee. Membership information is available at www.fablabicc.org. Many understand that Fab Lab ICC is a place where things can be created and made for fun, learning or business purposes. Here, we explore some of the ways the Fab Lab ICC experience impacts our local and area economy. Some of these items are happening now, while some will happen as we continue to grow.
Jim Correll is the director of Fab Lab ICC at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on the campus of Independence Community College. He can be reached at (620) 252-5349 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Archive columns and podcasts at www.fablabicc.org.