As Innovation Village increases its intellectual capital, recent construction improvements are also raising its physical profile. New signs and landscaping frame the entrance to the technology park at Cal Poly Pomona and the technology park.
The $1.2 million project, funded by a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant with matching funding from Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., has added perimeter landscaping, sidewalks, street lights and new signs along Valley Boulevard, Temple Avenue and Kellogg Drive. Construction began in May and concluded in mid-September.
“The signs and improvements help create that identity of the 65-acre research park as its own place and part of the campus,” says Sandra Acton, director of real estate development for the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. “There’s no question that you’re on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona and you’re some place special.”
Innovation Village includes Southern California Edison and American Red Cross, high-tech industry leaders that complement the university’s academic mission and help boost the economic growth of the region. In January, Edison moved the core of its transmission and distribution engineering group from the company’s headquarters in Rosemead to Pomona. It is building a second facility to be completed in 2011 that will house about 400 power operations employees. The American Red Cross was the first major tenant to move into the Innovation Village, and its state-of-the-art blood processing center has helped hundreds of students looking for part-time jobs, internships and careers.
The technology park is also home to the 52,000-square foot Center for Training, Technology & Incubation (CTTI), which allows emerging companies to nurture innovative ideas and projects. CTTI includes companies such as Mesa Associates, an engineering firm that works with electric utilities, and BioMedix, a biotech company specializing in food safety testing systems.