Beginning in Fall 2009, the Whitewater University Technology Park was awarded a $4.7 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to build the technology park infrastructure and to construct the Innovation Center. The project was partially funded by the federal grant, the Whitewater Community Development Authority, revenue bonding, and in-kind contributions from the City of Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. The total project cost more than $10 million.
As the cornerstone facility to the 130-acre technology park, the 35,000 square-foot Whitewater University Innovation Center was dedicated on May 5, 2011. With its sustainable design and energy saving technologies, the Innovation Center was one of the first buildings to achieve a USGBC LEED Silver certification in Wisconsin. From three tenants in 2011, the Whitewater University Innovation Center has grown to 97% occupancy and is now home to over 25 companies. Today, the Whitewater Innovation Center offers a collaborative environment with unique access to University services.
Together, the City of Whitewater, the Whitewater Community Development Authority, and UW-Whitewater collaborated to build and maintain the Whitewater Technology Park and Innovation Center. The City of Whitewater supports the building, while UW-Whitewater provides mentorship, resources, and programming.
In February 2018, the Whitewater University Innovation Center was nominated as the Mixed-Use Impact Award Winner. InBIA recognizes high-impact member organizations on a monthly basis.