The Hannibal Public School District is excited to announce the acquisition of 4417 McMasters Avenue for the establishment of the Hannibal Innovation Campus. This new property represents a momentous beginning of a new era of educational excellence and economic growth in the Northeast Missouri Region.
The vision for the Hannibal Innovation Campus is to expand and enhance existing technical programs, develop new programs to drive Northeast Missouri's technical employment in the future, and provide adult education opportunities by utilizing the campus and its resources for employer training. Ultimately, the campus will greatly benefit the students, employers, area citizens, and economic development of the region.
Recognizing the growing demand for skilled workers across industries, Hannibal Public Schools aims to provide comprehensive programs that align with evolving student and community needs. This expansion will offer enhanced learning opportunities, ensuring that area students are well-prepared for successful careers.
The Hannibal Innovation Campus will foster collaboration with various community organizations, including neighboring school districts, higher education institutions including both community colleges and universities, industry partners, and the community at large. Together, we will address the changing workforce requirements in our region.
This purchase was made possible through the Governor's financial commitment of $1.9 million in Missouri's fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget. The allocated funds were used to acquire the facility. We extend our deepest gratitude to MO House of Representative Louis Riggs and MO Senator Cindy O'Laughlin for their support in making this possible.
Furthermore, Congressman Sam Graves' office including Communications Director Byran Nichols have played a crucial role in securing an additional $4 million in Federal Allocation Funds for program development at the Hannibal Innovation Campus through the FY 2023 Agriculture Appropriation Community Project Funding. Their dedication to our cause is testament to their commitment to the growth and prosperity of our community.
Susan Johnson, Superintendent of Hannibal Public Schools expressed her excitement sharing, “The acquisition of 4417 McMasters Avenue and the establishment of the Hannibal Innovation Campus represents an extraordinary leap forward for our district and the entire region. With an unwavering focus on meeting the evolving needs of our students and the local community, this campus will provide exceptional learning opportunities and ensure our students are well prepared for successful careers. The collaboration with community organizations, the remarkable support from our government representatives, and the generous allocation of funds all bear testament to our shared commitment to expanding a thriving educational environment that benefits individuals and drives the economic development of our region.”
The Hannibal Innovation Campus is positioned to make a lasting impact on the educational landscape and enhance workforce preparedness in Northeast Missouri.
Please join us on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 4:45 PM for an in person announcement of the vision for the Hannibal Innovation Campus at 4417 McMasters Avenue, Hannibal MO 63401.
We look forward to celebrating this occasion with our community as we collectively plan for a bright future for our region.
More information about Hannibal Public Schools and future progress about the Hannibal Innovation Campus can be found at www.hannibal60.com