STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mississippi State University officials, politicians and business leaders spoke Monday at the opening of a new building at the Thad Cochran Research Park.
The Mississippi State University Business Incubator has ten office spaces, and nine of them are already leased.
The incubator also has nine cubicle spaces, and two of them are already leased.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker believes the occupying small businesses and companies are the root of job creation.
"We're creating small business incubators, and it's already full. Those small businesses will spin off at some point and will no longer be in the incubator. They'll be out creating new jobs. And so we'll be adding tens, dozens, hundreds of jobs that way, and that's how we grow our economy," said Wicker.
The building is also going to be home to key operations for II-IV Inc., a Pennsylvania-based firm that is recognized as a global leader in engineered materials and optoelectronic components.
"I think it's a real testament to our university, to our commitment to helping to attract a business like this," said MSU president Dr. Mark Keenum.