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GOVERNOR PATTON ANNOUNCES OPENING
OF WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE;
UK AND U. OF L. JOIN IN PARTNERSHIP

 

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"I am committed to making UK and U of L premier research institutions. Combining state and federal dollars with our talented people is a recipe for success. Everyone benefits when we work together."

-- Paul E. Patton,
governor,
Commonwealth of Kentucky

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July 30, 2001 – (Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton today announced the opening of Kentucky's Washington, D.C., office designed to advance the state's federal agenda. Joining Gov. Patton were University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. and University of Louisville President John Shumaker, who pledged to partner with the state in pursuit of educational and research dollars from the federal government.

"Education is the key to a successful future for all Kentuckians. Having made the innovative commitments and investment in education reform at all levels, including Bucks for Brains and Early Childhood Development, now is the time to partner with our new Washington, D.C., office, UK, U of L and all of the postsecondary education institutions to have a more focused approach to obtaining federal research dollars," Patton said.

Patton cited education dollars as a priority area on which Kentucky's Washington office would focus. "I am committed to making UK and U of L premier research institutions. Combining state and federal dollars with our talented people is a recipe for success. Everyone benefits when we work together," Patton added. He also outlined agriculture, energy and transportation as key sectors for increased funding.

Dr. Todd noted, "UK will prosper with the additional funding that will enable our students and faculty to enjoy a world-class research institution as we drive toward our top 20 goals."

Dr. Shumaker said, "A strong, visible presence in Washington is of critical importance to U of L as we build our research base and contribute to the economic and educational growth of Kentucky. This office is another step in building a strong and productive partnership between U of L and UK. A shared federal agenda and greater coordination will greatly benefit the state and its research universities."

The historic partnership between the two universities known more for their rivalries than their cooperation is an outgrowth of Gov. Patton's commitment to funding and building nationally recognized research institutions in Louisville and Lexington. Already, the state has invested $230 million in the state Research Challenge Trust Fund, also known as "Bucks for Brains," to attract world-renown researchers. The comprehensive universities have received $30 million of that funding and will also be able to utilize the resources of the new Washington office.

The Washington, D.C., office will be headed by Kentucky native Audrey Haynes, whose distinguished service includes work in both the Clinton administration in Washington and the Patton administration in Frankfort. She will work in close coordination with the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Barbour Griffith & Rogers, which boasts strong ties to the new Bush administration and the Kentucky congressional delegation.


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