March 23, 2017
 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Rotarian John Fletcher introduced guest speaker Donna Armstrong-Lackey, Senior Vice President of Carroll Tomorrow and the Burson Center Executive Director. The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded Carroll Tomorrow a $250,000 grant to create The Tinker’s Box. The Tinker's Box provides shared space, equipment and tools for product prototyping and testing for Regional inventors to collaborate and develop concepts and ideas. It will be housed by the Burson Center. The Burson Center has been in Carrollton for 11 years. It is a mixed use business incubation and resource center focused on the development of information technology, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and business service companies. There have been 135 businesses come through with around 82% currently still in business.