GREENCASTLE – Support of Ivy Tech’s new Greencastle site remains strong this afternoon as Bob Hutchings, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Commission for Industrial Development (CACFID), presented Ivy Tech with a $300,000 matching grant toward its $1.9 million capital campaign that is currently underway. During the press conference which was held at City Hall, the City Council and CACFID specified that the dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity is to be available to businesses and industries located in or doing business in Putnam County.
“The building of this new campus in our community is the single most important economic development opportunity to come our way,” said Sue Murray, mayor. “Being able to offer a trained and ready workforce to local businesses and prospective employers is recognized to be one of the most convincing arguments for investment in a community. The city’s original gift was of land for the building and this $300,000 matching opportunity will hopefully see this Ivy Tech campaign to its goal. As a community, we are most proud of the efforts of so many that have helped to make this new campus part of Greencastle.”
During the event, the newly created matching fund received its first commitment from Endeavor Communications. This gift, along with the CACFID’s match, totals $30,000, bringing the Changing Lives…Building Futures campaign to just over $1,438,300.
“As a product of a community college program myself, it is an honor to be in a position to help enable the growth of Indiana’s community college system,” said Michael East, chief executive officer of Endeavor Communications. “I am confident that as a result of this corporate donation, many of our community members and neighbors will seek out the higher education opportunities that this campus will offer.”
Endeavor Communications is a progressive member-owned communications company committed to connecting members to the world through state-of-the-art communications and entertainment services delivered with exceptional service. Its service area covers eight counties and includes the Indiana towns of Atlanta, Cloverdale, Coatesville, Eminence, Monrovia, Mt. Meridian, Patricksburg, Poland, and Reelsville.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s second largest public post-secondary institution with over 115,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has 23 campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Wabash Valley Region offers 27 degree programs and eight locations throughout the area.