Officials will gather this morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Charleston County’s new consolidated 911 center.

The facility is designed to improve public safety by consolidating emergency dispatch operations for local agencies and by locating the county’s Emergency Operations Center in a more secure location, authorities said.

The event is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. at 8500 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston.

Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor will serve as master of ceremonies.

Also scheduled to speak are area mayors; Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon; North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt, chairman of the Consolidated Dispatch Board Chairman; and chaplains Rob Dewey and Harry Sewell of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

Initial planning for consolidating dispatch operations began in 2006 and an agreement among the jurisdictions was finalized in 2008. The two-story, 38,000-square-foot building was built with a budget of $26.7 million.