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UK President Todd, Kentucky House Speaker Richards Break Ground for Technology Center Serving Eastern Kentucky

By Dan Adkins


UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., at right, tosses a shovelful of sand marking the groundbreaking for the Morgan County Regional Technology Center. Also shown are Morehead State University President Ron Eaglin, left of Todd, Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards and state New Economy Commissioner Bill Brundage.

The $4.4 million, 45,000-square-foot building will provide facilities for business teleconferencing, access to a broad range of information via the Internet and training for teachers in the use of technology.

UK President Lee T. Todd talks with Morgan County High School students.

Oct. 25, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. joined Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards in a groundbreaking today for the Morgan County Regional Technology Center, a facility designed to open new economic opportunities for an 11-county region of Eastern Kentucky.

The $4.4 million, 45,000-square-foot building will provide facilities for business teleconferencing, access to a broad range of information via the Internet and training for teachers in the use of technology.

The center will be built next to Morehead State University’s satellite campus in West Liberty, where students currently take a number of accredited courses.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by more than 100 school children from Morgan, Menifee, Elliott and Wolfe counties.

"You should lift your vision 15 to 20 degrees higher than it already is. You can go farther than you think you can," Todd told the school children.

Todd noted UK will operate the center, which will house a branch office of Eastern Kentucky University’s Innovation Enterprise Center.  That office is part of the Kentucky Office of the New Economy’s effort to stimulate entrepreneurial activity across the state.

UK also will offer information technology and help desk support for the center, along with workshops and other activities for high-school teachers and students in the region.  The university also will develop a “visualization center” in the facility to promote the teaching of math and science courses in a technology-enriched environment.

Todd said UK’s Cooperative Extension Service currently is exploring ways it can use the center to distribute a broad range of business, health, agricultural and other research materials to Eastern Kentuckians.

Richards said the project resulted from the vision, determination, cooperation and leadership displayed by many local government and community leaders, including Morgan County Judge-Executive Sid Stewart, and area state representatives John Will Stacy and Rocky Adkins.

"These two buildings (the Technology Center and the Morehead State satellite campus) sitting on a hill are a beacon, and symbolize wonderful opportunities for (Eastern Kentucky's) young people," Richards said.


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