Lewis University earned a $75,000 CommunityWINS grant award to support its innovation hub.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo joined together Tuesday to present the grant to the school, according to a news release. Gov. JB Pritzker also was on hand to speak at the ceremony.
“The Lewis Innovation Hub provides en entrepreneurial opportunity for our community and allows for the creative talent that makes our city special to flourish,” Noak said in the release. “This innovative collaboration is critical to supporting economic development in Romeoville.”
The nationwide CommunityWINS program recognizes nonprofits and cities that drive neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation.
The CommunityWINS grant was funded in collaboration with the USCM and the Wells Fargo Foundation and will be used for an innovative effort to serve as a business incubator for start-up companies and provide support to local economic development.
“The Conference and Wells Fargo share similar values focused on helping communities across the country succeed and the 2019 CommunityWINS Grant Program is an opportunity to honor productive neighborhood revitalization efforts that are making a difference,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The Lewis Innovation Hub allows college students and entrepreneurs access to offices, meeting space, mentorships and an array of business support resources and services to support local economic development. Lewis University manages the innovation hub.