The University of Minnesota is establishing a new, bold presence in Willmar that could touch local businesses, education, agriculture and even family meals.
The $2.5 million Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center, located on the MinnWest Technology Campus, officially opened early this year although outfitting the labs is still a work in progress, staff is still moving in and the program are slowly gearing up.
U of M President Eric Kaler is expected to speak to community and business leaders May 15 on the MinnWest Campus to mark the official opening of the center. Details of that event are still in the works.
The center is housed in one of the campuses’ historic buildings that has been renovated. The large windows and solid woodwork of the original building have been kept but the interior color scheme boasts the university’s maroon and gold.
The center has a teaching kitchen and high-tech media center, a regional office for the U of M Extension Service, a level-three bio-secure lab where avian research will take place and open lab space, offices and conference rooms for future projects that could be either public or private enterprises.