Deputy Executive Jeff Flynt
Transformative Building Sparks Interest in Public Fundraising Phase
(Brown County, Wis.) – Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, along with UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Einstein Project Executive Director Kelly Ellis are excited to announce that we are close to opening the transformative STEM Innovation Center as the first part of the Phoenix Innovation Park.
“I’ve personally toured the progress recently and am thrilled to see our vision taking shape,” says Streckenbach. “I’d like to thank the design team, especially Brown County representatives Chuck Lamine and Doug Marsh, for their roles in getting us to this point. We are in the closing moments and we need to finish strong with fundraising. It’s crucial for us to come together as a benevolent community to get us where we need to be for both the Einstein Project and UWGB to foster the big impact this project will have on our region for the future.”
The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as the home of UW-Green Bay’s school of Engineering, which will address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship. With the first class ready to begin on September 3, the collaborative trio also want to announce the public phase of their capital campaign.
“We have a direct link to one of the finest and most innovative programs to get young people interested in STEM fields and careers,” says Chancellor Miller. “We want the community to know that we’re pushing to finish this campaign out and it’s very important we raise this $1.8 million and we’re asking for your support.”
“In order to create the best and most robust pipeline to fill Brown County’s employee engineering gap, we need to scale up the number of students we serve,” says Ellis. “This $1.8 million will serve enough children to fill Lambeau Field, not just for one year, but that creates this pipeline that allows students to attend UWGB’s engineering school and go on to have a very high-paying engineering job in this community, which then elevates all of the work we’ve done.”