In 2009, a formal partnership between SFCC, local and state agencies and businesses developed a plan for the center.
Over the next two years, SFCC received the following funds:
- $50,000—Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission and Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a consultant and curriculum designer
- $718,500—Training for Tomorrow grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to help prepare Missourians for alternative energy careers and to develop the center
- $1.6 million—Community Development Block grant from Missouri Department of Economic Development
- $1.8 million—U.S. Economic Development Administration
In fall 2011, Gov. Jay Nixon presided over a groundbreaking for the center, which opened in fall 2013. The center cost $3.4 million.
The EIC would not exist without the ongoing contributions of the businesses that have partnered with SFCC. Their support and financial gifts have been invaluable.