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October 25, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Innovation center targeted for Downtown Greenville

There’s a new innovation center coming to Greenville. No, it’s not the city in Tennessee that adds an “e” to the spelling or the one in South Carolina that is an entrepreneurial hotspot. This one is in North Carolina.

Named “Intersect East,” the development is a public-private partnership between East Carolina University (ECU) and Elliott Sidewalk Communities with the first phase being a $40 million project to renovate three buildings on 19 acres of land near ECU’s new life sciences and biotechnology building.

The project developers told WRAL TechWire that the objective is creating “a dynamic relationship between research, business, academia, and downtown living,” The full plan calls for $240 million invested, with 12 buildings completed in the next eight to 10 years.

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