By Ralph Derickson
Energy Corp. CEO Vic Staffieri, left, watches as UK
President Lee Todd signs a lease on the KU building
in downtown Lexington. Mayor Pam Miller is at right.
are happy to be one of the first companies to come
forward and help fulfill Dr. Todd's wish to draw downtown
Lexington and the UK campus closer together. It also
continues a long-standing partnership KU has had with
UK in fulfilling the university's role as the state's
chief executive officer,
LG&E Energy Corp.
28, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky and LG&E Energy Corp. of
Louisville announced today that UK will lease two
floors of office space in the Kentucky Utilities building
at One Quality Street in downtown Lexington.
Lee T. Todd Jr. said the new office space gives UK
much needed space to expand and the opportunity to
offer educational services tailored to a specific
downtown Lexington clientele. It also signals a continuing
new spirit of cooperation between UK, Lexington and
the business community, he said.
first meeting, President Todd made it clear that improving
the relationship between UK and the city is a priority
for him," said Lexington Mayor Pam Miller. "He has
wasted no time turning those words into action. We're
presence of Mayor Miller, President Todd and LG&E
Energy Chief Executive Officer Vic Staffieri signed
an agreement for LG&E to lease 34,000 square feet
of space on floors seven and eight of the nine-story
KU building. The agreement was signed during a ceremony
at the KU building attended by about 200 people from
the utility company, the university, and the city.
happy to be one of the first companies to come forward
and help fulfill Dr. Todd's wish to draw downtown
Lexington and the UK campus closer together," said
LG&E's Staffieri. "It also continues a long-standing
partnership KU has had with UK in fulfilling the university's
role as the state's education leader."
A new sign
to be attached to the Quality Street side of the KU
building was unveiled at the lease signing ceremony.
It reads "KU UK, Partners in Education."
Todd and Mayor Miller announced Feb. 5 that UK and
the city were entering into a new joint planning venture
in which a "College-Town" concept will be developed
for an area near the KU building bordered by Rose
and Limestone, Euclid and High streets.
delighted to have Kentucky Utilities as a corporate
friend," Todd said. "It is important to develop strong
partnerships with companies like KU that understand
the needs of the community and the true impact of
the affordability of the lease price, Staffieri said,
"This announcement offers a glimpse into the future
of corporate giving as we find new and exciting ways
to support education, research and the entire community."
persons from UK will make up the first group of tenants
moving to the KU building. They are employees in various
departments of Lexington Community College (LCC),
the College of Social Work, and UK's Interdisciplinary
Human Development Institute (IHDI). UK College of
Social Work departments moving to the KU building
include the Training Resource Center, the public service
arm of the college; the Foster Parent Training Program,
the Adoption Support Network, Successful Transitions
and the Field Education Program that supports employees
for the Cabinet for Families and Children.
locate its Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Coordinators in the new KU offices. In the long-term,
LCC plans to offer office skills training classes,
computer courses and, eventually, credit courses leading
to the two-year associated degrees offered by the
to be relocated in the KU building; a Kentucky-Supported
Employment Training Project; the Kentucky Business
Leadership Network, the Community-Based Work Transition
Project, the State Improvement Planning Project, and
the Multi-State Mid-South Regional Resource Center,
a program that provides technical assistance to nine
states to help them implement provisions of the federal
Special Education Act. IHDI programs have the goal
of helping states, organizations and businesses that
interact with persons with disabilities.
departmental relocations will begin soon.