The City of Irving and the Indigo Group have partnered to open an innovation center in the former Irving Central Library that will benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Irving-Las Colinas Chamber recently held a ribbon-cutting for The Study, a public private partnership between the city and Indigo Group which will provide resources for professionals. The Study has co-working space, private meeting rooms for professionals to use and will also house the Irving Chamber’s Heritage District office.
Plans call for the Chamber’s Heritage District office to be open in the facility this Fall and will be used for support services for entrepreneurs, small and mid-size businesses as they work to find a permanent business location in Irving.
About 100 community members were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony which included opening remarks from Irving’s Mayor Rick Stopfer, Irving ISD Superintendent Dr. Jose Parra, HUD regional administrator Beth Van Duyne and The Study’s director Tom Foley.
According to an announcement by the Irving Chamber, Aviall Services Inc., a Boeing Co., is a founding partner of The Study along with Microsoft Corp.
“The goal of the facility is to ‘converge, collide and create’ a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs and students to foster creative development, network, find mentorships opportunities and turn their idea into a viable small business,” the Chamber stated in its announcement.