(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 31, 2008 - State Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) today announced that he has begun efforts to bring Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana to Franklin Township. He is engaged in discussions with Dr. Walter Bourke, Franklin Township Schools superintendent; Thomas Snyder, Ivy Tech president; and Lincoln Plowman, the city-county councilman representing Franklin Township.
"In the near future, it could be possible for a Franklin Township High School student to graduate one day and walk across a parking lot to his first college class the next day," said Rep. Murphy. "An Ivy Tech campus nearby also would provide a convenient option for southside adults seeking continuing education and personal or professional enrichment."
Rep. Murphy met this afternoon with Cathy Burton, president of the Franklin Township Civic League, to talk about the possibility of gaining an Ivy Tech campus for Franklin Township, discuss the course of action necessary to make it happen and consider the effects for southside Indianapolis residents.
"The positive outcomes of gaining Ivy Tech's presence in our community will extend far beyond providing high-quality, reasonably-priced educational opportunities," Rep. Murphy said. "It will encourage peripheral development, bringing a larger business tax base to the southside that will lower all our property taxes and increase our standard of living."
For more information about the Ivy Tech proposal and other issues, Rep. Murphy encourages constituents to contact him through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing to 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.