Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be in Calmar Thursday, April 25 to attend a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated Wilder Business Center on the NICC campus.

The grand opening is from 4-6:30 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 4:45 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be attended by Branstad, Reynolds, NICC Trustees, business and industry leaders, and local, regional and state dignitaries, according to a release from NICC.

The Wilder Business Center's completion concludes the last major construction project coordinated by NICC and funded in part through the $35 million bond levy, which won passage in December 2007, as well as a $1.1 million Economic Development Assistance Public Works grant. The public is invited to tour the new conference facility, view program demonstrations, experience state-of-the-art technology services, and connect with event planning specialists at the free event.

NICC completed the remodeling and repurposing of the original Wilder Resource Center, built in 1975, into the new Wilder Business Center last January. The new center offers more than 8000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, an auditorium with seating for 200 and a computer lab with 17 computers and Internet access. Other features include wireless Internet access and laptop connections, built-in multimedia and sound systems, and catering services for local employers and organizations. State-of-the-art technology also allows participants to meet with video and audio communication from multiple locations.

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