Warren's Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Warren's Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center

WARREN, Ohio- The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center in Warren is moving from concept to reality.  The goal is to put the Valley in the forefront of alternative energy development.  Local leaders took a tour of the center's new headquarters on Courthouse Square on Wednesday.

To the average person the building may be just a run down former department store, but to the people behind the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center this building is the future. 

Congressman Tim Ryan says, "People all over the world are trying to figure out how we're going to be able to keep our energy supply at the levels we have now with billions of more people living in the world.  The communities that are aggressive in trying to figure that our are going to be the communities that create jobs in the future."

The tech center will eventually house start up businesses looking for a place to test their ideas and get help with everything from raising capital to attracting talented employees.  But not just anyone will be able to set up shop here.  Entrepreneurs will have to prove they have a viable idea for alternative energy products.  Ted Theofrastous with Nortech says, "You'd have to show that you had the potential to be successful.  It would be a combination just like any investor would look for."

Ultimately if things go well the ideas born and tested here will make their way out into the world.  Warren Mayor Michael O'Brien says, "They'll be able to grow their ideas, go to commercialization and ultimately manufacturing and it will start right down here in downtown Ohio."

The first phase of the center will include meeting space, offices, labs and a roof top test area.The renovations will be paid for with a 2.2 million dollar federal grant. 

If all goes according to plan the center will open by the end of the year.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Girl's eye impaled by hook in fall at Ohio store

    Girl's eye impaled by hook in fall at Ohio store

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:11:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a girl suffered a serious eye injury when she tripped and fell onto a piece of a shoe rack in a clothing store at a southwest Ohio shopping mall. The accident happened Sunday afternoon inside the Dayton Mall. Lt. Ray Eaton from the Miami Valley Fire District tells the Dayton Daily News the girl fell into a 7-inch hook used for hanging shoes, and it impaled her eye. Eaton says the girl was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Her injury wasn't believed to b...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a girl suffered a serious eye injury when she tripped and fell onto a piece of a shoe rack in a clothing store at a southwest Ohio shopping mall. The accident happened Sunday afternoon inside the Dayton Mall. Lt. Ray Eaton from the Miami Valley Fire District tells the Dayton Daily News the girl fell into a 7-inch hook used for hanging shoes, and it impaled her eye. Eaton says the girl was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Her injury wasn't believed to b...More >>
  • Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

    Van forces horse-drawn buggy to stop in robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:50:43 GMT
    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery. Lancaster Newspapers reports the buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. East Lampeter police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was injured. Information from: Intelligencer Jour...More >>
    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a central Pennsylvania road to pull an armed robbery. Lancaster Newspapers reports the buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. East Lampeter police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was injured. Information from: Intelligencer Jour...More >>
  • Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

    Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

    Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan.More >>
    Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms