ANDERSON, Ind. — Now that $20 million is safely in the bag for a new Ivy Tech Community College campus in Anderson, it’s time to raise that last bit needed to get the building ready to go by summer 2015.
Ivy Tech is seeking $4 million in private donations to finish the campus.
“We got the go-ahead,” said Anderson’s Vice Chancellor Jim Willey. “Now it’s time to start on the next phase and we need the community’s help to bring that to fruition.”
A capital campaign committee with local leaders was gathered in 2009 when the project was announced. Willey said it’s time to bring them back together.
Sally DeVoe, executive director of the Madison County Community Foundation and board trustee of Ivy Tech’s Regional Board, noted those from 2009 are still interested and that there’s been a “renewed vigor” for support.
“The community has a history of reaching out,” Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder, a resident of Anderson, said.
He added that the 38 acres of land donated by the city along Interstate 69 is definitely a part of that outreach.
The campus will be in a great location to serve students from Middletown and Daleville over to Lapel and Frankton, he said, and I-69 from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis is a corridor for manufacturing jobs that could lead to partnerships.
There are “all sorts of opportunities” with the new campus, City Director of Economic Development Greg Winkler said, as the community college helps Anderson develop economically and educate residents.
City and Ivy Tech leaders just need to “see how to maximize that so everybody wins,” Winkler added. A goal they’re discussing.
DeVoe said a new campus will help “create a positive environment economically for Madison County” as more students travel to or move to the area to take classes, spending more locally.