COLLEGE LEADERS SUPPORT $2B CONNECT NC BOND

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 15, 2016

(From left to right) Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. of UNCG, President Randy Parker of GTCC and Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. of N.C. A&T signing a joint resolution in support of the $2 billion Connect NC Bond on Jan. 14, 2016 at the GTCC Cameron Campus.

(From left to right) Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. of UNCG, President Randy Parker of GTCC and Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. of N.C. A&T signed a joint resolution in support of the $2 billion Connect NC Bond on Jan. 14, 2016 at the GTCC Cameron Campus.

COLFAX, N.C. — Leaders from three Guilford County educational institutions gathered on Thursday, Jan. 14 to sign a joint resolution supporting the $2 billion Connect NC Bond.

President Randy Parker of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and  Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. of North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) signed the resolution during a brief ceremony at the GTCC Donald W. Cameron Campus in Colfax.

“These bonds are investments in the future of our colleges,” Parker said.

Randy Parker_Connect NCIf approved by North Carolina voters on March 15, 2016, the Connect NC Bond would make a significant investment in higher education statewide, including $980 million for the UNC System and $350 million for the North Carolina Community College System to address targeted construction and needed repairs and renovations. In addition, the bond would invest in North Carolina’s public infrastructure including state parks, agriculture, safety, water and sewer.

GTCC would receive $9.5 million and would use the funds for enhancements to Medlin Campus Center, a more than 40-year-old facility on the Jamestown Campus. The Medlin Campus Center will be upgraded to a state-of-the-art Student Center that supports student success and completion. The renovations will result in improved student experience and more efficient operations. Since the facility was originally built in 1974, the number of enrolled curriculum students has grown from 4,556 to 11,525 in fall 2015.

All three leaders emphasized the economic impact of their institutions and how the bond would enhance it. GTCC’s overall economic impact is $528.7 million, Parker said, which is equivalent to creating almost 9,500 new jobs. Collectively, the three institutions – GTCC, UNCG and N.C. A&T – contribute an estimated $2 billion in economic impact in the Piedmont Triad region.

Brent Christensen, president and CEO of the Greensboro Partnership, announced at the event that the partnership signed a resolution of support for the $2 billion bond on Tuesday. Christensen said that 76 counties will directly benefit from the bond, if passed.

Please click here to read the full joint resolution in support of the Connect NC Bond.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC