$5.5 million donation kick starts SU's Center for Entrepreneurship

SALISBURY, Md. - A whopping $5.5 million is headed to Salisbury University to help them kick start their brand new Center for Entrepreneurship courtesy of Dave and Patsy Rommel.

The donation is third biggest school history according to President Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach.

"It's motherhood and apple pie its good for the university, it's good for downtown Salisbury and the larger region it's good for the entire eastern shore and the state of Maryland," Dudley-Eshbach said.

Expected to open by 2020, the Center for Entrepreneurship will have a shared co-working space for SU entrepreneurs and for winners of the Ratfliffe Shore Hatchery and student entrepreneurship competitions.

The space will feature six offices and six individual "garages" (expanded workspaces) as well as a "makerspace" for robotics and 3-D prototyping capabilities.

An on-site spirit store that will sell products developed through the center, as well as SU apparel.

"I think it's going to be great for downtown with what the city's trying to do and I think it also gives entrepreneurs their own place to come together with other like minded people," said Dave Rommel.

The goal behind it is to give the entrepreneurs a showcase downtown so that other companies can scoop them up and keep their businesses here on the shore.

"They're only going to be there six to 12 months and then our expectation is the community is going to come in and pull them out, get them into other spaces throughout the community," said Bill Burke, SU executive director for economic development.


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