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Mooresville, N.C. District Plans to Build Digital Innovation Center

The school district that has hosted more than 10,000 visitors interested in the results of its digital conversion—including President Obama—now wants to open an innovation center where ed-tech companies can test their products.

Mark Edwards, superintendent of the 6,000-student Mooresville, N.C. district, made his case for the center to investors this week during the Arizona State University/Global Silicon Valley Summit, which brought together venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, developers, and educators here.

In a meeting room at the posh Phoenician hotel, Edwards asked for $2 million to turn his vision of the Mooresville Center for Digital Innovation—which he said could be profitable within two years—into a reality.