HERMITAGE — City commissioners plan to meet this week with officials from the eCenter at LindenPointe to discuss a wide range of topics on the business incubator.
The commissioners were invited to attend the eCenter’s board of directors meeting last Friday, but the session was cancelled because too many people on both sides had been unable to attend.
This will be the first time the board has invited Hermitage commissioners to one of its meetings since eCenter Executive Director Jeff Meier took over control of the business incubator’s day-to-day operations in February. Ketaki Desai, Meier’s predecessor, resigned in March of 2018.
The meeting will give the Hermitage commissioners a chance to hear about some of Meier’s efforts.
Hermitage Commissioner William Moder, board president, said Meier has been working with local companies and colleges.
“I know he’s reached out to several area corporations, and I believe he’s gotten a good reception so far,” Moder said.
Commissioner William McConnell said he was interested to hear about the eCenter’s progress and successes since 2012, when it began operations.
The eCenter originally began as a business incubator, but has grown to also include a college connector program and entrepreneurship academy.
“I’d be interested in an overview in how many jobs they’re incubating, where those jobs and businesses are locating, and if not in Hermitage or in the regions surrounding Hermitage, what might we be able to do to better incubate those businesses so that they establish locally instead of incubating here and then relocating off to Pittsburgh or another state,” McConnell said.
At their latest regular meeting, the commissioners discussed forwarding any questions that they had ahead of time for the eCenter’s board of directors to Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson.