Joe Pearson, Executive Director for Mid America Science Park (MASP) recently spoke about MASP at the weekly Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Quality Inn. Joe has had a wide ranging career helping others. He was a missionary in Borneo for four years. He farmed full-time until March 1995, when then–Governor Evan Bayh and Lt. Governor Frank O’Bannon named him Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture. He continued to serve in the same capacity for Governor O’Bannon and Governor Joe Kernan through 2005, working on economic development in rural areas in the State of Indiana. Joe was a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 31st District from 2009 to 2011.
Joe helped establish the Mid America Science Park, where he is now the Executive Director.
Scottsburg has many unique qualities that make it a special place in Indiana. It has an active town square, the Life Long Learning Center, the Mid America Science Park, a campus of Ivy Tech and an involved Kiwanis Club. Scottsburg’s location on I-65 north of Louisville makes it a convenient place for businesses and organizations to use the meeting facilities of the Mid America Science Park.
Rural communities face the challenge of how to be competitive in a global economy. It was the vision of Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham to provide the opportunity to develop its people. The Life Long Learning Center, the Mid America Science Park and Ivy Tech provide education and training in cooperation with the Scott County School Districts 1 and 2. Students can take dual credit courses in high school and receive credit for college courses. When the students graduate they receive a high school diploma and a head start on college and a career, saving money at the same time.
The Mid America Science Park has a business incubation and acceleration center, a training and workforce development center, and a worldwide communications and conference center. SAMTEC is building its new facility in Scottsburg next to the MASP so that its workforce can receive training at the MASP.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Joe for his presentation, and for helping to build a better future for the people of Scott County.