U.S. Senators advocating to bring money to UMES for new center
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin of Maryland are pushing for more federal funding for University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The lawmakers want to see that money help the college build a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.The Senators are requesting $1.5 million through the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2023. We are told the proposed UMES center will provide free entrepreneurial resources, business incubator spaces, a Maker’s Space, and educational facilities that will assist both the UMES community and the general public.
“While almost 48% of our population identifies as a minority by race, only 17% of all businesses in Somerset are owned by minorities,” Dr. Pamela Allison, Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Program Innovation, said. “So, that business ownership gap creates an opportunity for us to help give resources, give information.”
The university said they will start offering business workshops and seminars this fall at a temporary location, but if they get the funding soon they can start construction right away at the library.