While the state has finally stepped forward with $20 million, $4 million more is needed to complete the new campus. That will have to come from private donations. To generate those donations, a capital campaign committee from 2009 will be brought back together.
The Anderson community may not have the ability that it once did, before the decline of the auto industry, to muster easily such huge sums of donated money. But civic-minded community leaders still abound, and there's reason to believe that the $4 million can be raised.
When people talk about Anderson's relatively high poverty and unemployment rates, the conversation often leads to a discussion of low levels of educational attainment. Ivy Tech provides associate programs to give people the training they need for skilled jobs, making it an important part of the solution to the community's economic malaise.
The new Ivy Tech campus will help address the educational shortfall, while bringing more people to the community to spend time and money.
In summary The new Ivy Tech Community College campus planned for Anderson would help address an educational shortfall, while bringing more people to the community to spend time and money.