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OWINGS MILLS, MD-A new foundation has been created to oversee the development of the planned [email protected] Mills. Democratic Baltimore County Delegate Robert A. Zirkin, chairman of the task force aimed at bridging the “digital divide” in Baltimore County, created the “CyberCity Technology Advancement Foundation,” and plans to announce more details about its plans and [email protected] Mills on Thursday (June 14).

Plans call for the new CyberCity to be located in the soon-to-be-built $300 million Town Center at the Owings Mills Metro Station. The technology center would include tech training, serve as an incubator for new tech companies, and offer space for product demonstrations and conference rooms for technology vendors. It is also proposed to offer classrooms for college technology courses, a virtual gaming area and virtual cafes and theme restaurants.

“Our plan calls for [email protected] Mills to be the best of breed–blending public access, education and entertainment, with technology research and development,” says Zirkin.

Townson University plans to partner in the plans to develop the CyberCity. “It will position both Owings Mills and the state of Maryland as forerunners in technology training and development,” says Towson association provost Deborah Leather.

A board of directors comprised of representatives of Baltimore’s technology and education communities will be assembled this summer to oversee the CyberCity Technology Advancement Foundation, which will rely primarily on corporate contributions and sponsorships, as well as federal and state dollars, to fund operation of [email protected] Mills.

The Owings Mills Town Center is a mixed-use, public-private development project, with the CyberCity component including 200,000 sf to 250,000 sf of space. The development plans also include a Baltimore County Public Library branch for the Owings Mills area and classroom space for the Community College of Baltimore County. Also included are retail, residential, hotel and restaurant components.

LCOR Inc. is the project’s chief developer. Baltimore-based RTKL Associates Inc., one of the world’s largest architecture and engineering firms, is the project’s chief architect.

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