(STATEHOUSE)- Sen. Connie Lawson (R-Danville) and Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) announced today the new Ivy Tech campus in Greencastle received the green light for construction. The 32,000 square foot structure will house the college's schools of Business, Education, Health Sciences, Arts and Workforce and Economic Development.
"This new campus brings excitement and opportunity to the residents of Greencastle and the surrounding areas," said Lawson. "Rep. Thomas and I are pleased to see this project nearing the construction phase and we look forward to the benefits of having Ivy Tech College here in our community."
The funds for this construction were secured in the state budget that passed during the 2007 legislative session, after years of effort on the part of Sen. Lawson. Rep. Thomas as been working with Sen. Lawson on the project since he was first elected prior to the 2007 session.
Although the funds had been secured in 2007, in order for the money to be released for construction, the project had to be approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the members of the State Budget Agency. Both Sen. Lawson and Rep. Thomas have been engaged in conversations with both of these groups since the funds were secured nearly a year ago.
"It's been a long road toward securing and obtaining the funds for this project," said Rep. Thomas. "I am so proud to have been a part of this process that will benefit our community both educationally and economically. Sen. Lawson was instrumental to this project's success, and in my joint efforts with her, I found her to be a kind and wise legislator who works tirelessly to represent the interests of our area. I am excited to witness the culmination of our efforts for Greencastle."
The $10 million campus building will be built on approximately 30 acres of land donated by the city of Greencastle and will be located at the intersection of State Highway 240 and Zinc Mill Road.
Lawson represents Senate District 24, which includes portions of Hendricks and Putnam counties.
Thomas represents House District 44, which includes portions of Putnam, Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.