Clarkson to have 'Innovation Hot Spot' offices in Ogdensburg to provide support for businesses
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 5:59 am

OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg will have one of Clarkson’s new “Innovation Hot Spot” offices at the Bridge and Port Authority’s Commerce Park.

The new services office will provide support to start up and existing businesses that need guidance on bringing new products to market.

The office will be manned one day per week and staffed by a new business professional, according to a release from the OBPA. This person will meet with area entrepreneurs who have ideas for new businesses, and need assistance on everything from forming a corporation to developing a business plan to commercialize their products.

“We are very fortunate that Clarkson has decided to implement this program in Ogdensburg,” stated Wade A. Davis, executive director of the OBPA. “We think it will be advantageous to local entrepreneurs and we plan to partner with the Hot Spot office to refer prospects we have developed in Canada that will need their services.”

“The Innovation Hot Spot Program aims to build an ecosystem around supporting infrastructure for inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the North Country. Ogdensburg along with the entire North Country has a wealth of human capital. Traditionally, this region has prided itself on being self-sufficient and that is just another term for innovation in regards to finding solutions for problems. We know there are tremendous ideas out there that we hope to capture and commercialize to drive economic development for the city and for the region.” said Matt Draper, Deputy Director of the Shipley Center for Innovation.

The Innovation Hot Spot office is scheduled to open on July 1. The North Country Innovation Hot Spot program is scheduled to launch on July 1 in Commerce Park at 120 Chimney Point Drive, Suite B, Ogdensburg. Additional information regarding the office will be available on a new website for the program that is being developed by Clarkson.

In addition to the Ogdensburg office, Clarkson has plans to open similar offices in Massena, Plattsburgh, Watertown, and Saranac Lake. The Hot Spots program will bring together numerous institutions, agencies, and businesses to create an innovation ecosystem across the North Country.