December 11 2013
Elmira College has received $2.25 million of a $5 million grant request from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Development agency for the construction of a new Health Sciences Center, which will be located in historic Cowles Hall. Once complete, the Center will encompass three floors and cover 25,000 square feet, tripling the College’s current amount of space dedicated to the study of health sciences. The Center will feature modern clinical simulation labs, state-of-the-art clinical lab equipment, lecture halls, and faculty offices. Construction is expected to begin in January and will be completed in phases as future funds are raised. The College hopes to use the Center for instruction in the fall term 2014.
National labor statistics indicate that the health care industry will see a 26-percent increase in job growth through the year 2020. Elmira College’s commitment to expand its current Nurse Education Program into a comprehensive Health Sciences Center will position the College as leader in the region for health care education. This will have a significant impact on the economic growth in Elmira and the surrounding communities.
The application process for this grant began this past summer when Elmira College submitted a grant proposal to the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. The Council reviews all applications and prioritizes them to match the Council's strategic plan for economic support and revitalization for the Southern Tier region. The application was then sent to Empire State Development for final approval, where it was ranked a top priority among all those submitted in the region.
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