Click for NEWS Click for SPORTS Click for ACCENT Click for OPINION Click for OBITUARIES Click for CALENDAR Click for CLASSIFIEDS Click for ARCHIVES Click for SPECIALSECTIONS
Subscribe  •  Business Directory  •  Recipes  •  The Stroller  •  Weddings  •  School Menus  •  Community Links  •  VA Lottery  •  Contact Us
Sunday, April 20, 2014
News Search   

Mckinney tower - Click for Website
CARLISLE - Click for Website

Martinsville Bulletin, Inc.
P. O. Box 3711
204 Broad Street
Martinsville, Virginia 24115
276-638-8801
Toll Free: 800-234-6575

Mckinney - Click for Website
NCI gets building funds

Sunday, August 11, 2013

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is providing the New College Institute (NCI) $500,000 toward the construction of its new building now under way on the Dana O. Baldwin Block in uptown Martinsville.

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine of Virginia announced on Friday morning that the ARC awarded the money to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the New College Foundation — NCI’s private fundraising arm — to help with the construction.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership involved in economic development and community sustainability efforts in areas surrounding the Appalachian Mountains in 13 states, according to its website.

NCI found out in February that it would receive the ARC money.

The institute’s new three-story, approximately 50,000-square-foot building will house new programs being developed in advanced manufacturing, health care technology and entrepreneurism.

An estimated 275 students initially are expected to be served with job training opportunities through the project, officials have said.

Specifically, NCI will use the ARC funds, plus $1,483,236 from the state, to build a 7,600-square-foot Grand Hall that will be used for conferences, seminars and lectures, according to a release from the Senate.

As a former Virginia governor, Warner said, “I congratulate the NCI leadership for pursuing this grant as part of NCI’s growth.”

“NCI is a key component of Martinsville and Henry County’s economic development strategy,” he said, “and I am eager to do everything I can to continue to move this project forward.”

“The New College Institute does critical work to train the next generation of Virginia workers and increase educational opportunities in Southside,” Kaine said. “I was proud to help make NCI a reality as governor and I’m proud to continue supporting its growth today as it provides students with the skills they need to compete for jobs in a global economy.”

Warner and Kaine both “understand the strong link between higher education and job creation,” said NCI Executive Director William Wampler.

“Their long-standing commitment to NCI has been important and reinforces their belief that higher education and economic development go hand in hand,” Wampler said. “I am pleased (for NCI) to receive this ARC grant as an investment in rebuilding our community through education and job creation.”

Roughly $17 million in federal and state funds and public and private grants has so far been raised to cover construction, equipment and furnishings costs for the building. The grants include up to $8 million from The Harvest Foundation and $5 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

Construction began in May and despite some bouts of rainy weather, it is on schedule to be completed next spring, Wampler said.

In recent days, steel framing for the Grand Hall has been installed and concrete has been poured for the second floor, he said.

If the weather stays generally good, “we may get concrete for the third floor poured next Friday,” he added.

 

 
The Eye Site - Click for Website
Mckinney button - Click for Website
Rives S. Brown Realtors - Click for Website
New College Institute - Click for Website
The Spencer Group - Click for Website
Lockman & Associates - Click for Website
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board - Click for Website
PHCC - Click for Website
Martinsville/Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce - Click for Website
Joe Cobbe CPA - Click for Website