A group of visionary members have formed Center for the Future LLC, a Limited LiabilityCorporation with the mission to create a profitable hub for innovation, local job creation for our young people and an attractor for companies to locate satellite offices providing employees and their families with a great quality of life in the greater Prescott region. The Robb Group has been involved since the concept.
The faculty, students and technology surrounding Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at thePrescott Campus represent a unique opportunity to fuel the development of companies, both existing and forming, in a variety of exciting fields. These emerging fields; including cybersecurity, intelligence studies, cyber intelligence, autonomous and robotic systems, data science, simulation science, block chain, IoT, supply chain, and software; will be among the top areas for private and public investment in the coming decades.
Northern Arizona is an ideal location to retain talent, and avoid the churn of employees that some of the larger tech hubs are experiencing. To that end, a partnership is being developed with the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley, regional developers, existing tech companies, and higher education institutions. We are borrowing the best ideas from other technology centers such as SkySong in Scottsdale, Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, and younger more rural locations such as the Arkansas Innovation Hub. This Center will form a nucleus for technology job growth and innovation in the area.
The mission is to attract, create, and grow companies that will allow students to remain in thePrescott area, in turn enhancing economic vitality in the region. The groundwork for this has been in the planning stages and now the elements are coming together. Several companies will act as “anchor” tenants in this Center bringing an initial cadre of high paying jobs with the ambition to grow. The Prescott campus will lease space to support the growth of programs and the need for office and flex space. Another tenant will be the Northern Arizona Cyber Range, a not for profit educational outreach that will attract audiences ages 15 years and up. The Center will also house space for startup concepts and other related activities. Professors and other scan act as mentors and advisors while attracting other business. Financial, legal and other professionals that have extensive experience prior to moving to Prescott toward the end of their career will contribute their expertise and serve as consultants and executives in residence.
Read more about Center for the Future here.