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Morgan County Regional Technology Center

Contact: Dan Adkins

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The center, housed in a building that also contains the Morgan County Public Library and the West Liberty Innovation Commercialization Center, will be operated by UK. It will offer access to the most up-to-date computers and other technology to help Eastern Kentucky business people develop and nurture technology businesses.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2003) -- Governor Paul Patton and University of Kentucky Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Information Systems Eugene R. Williams today dedicated the $6.6 million Morgan County Regional Technology Center in West Liberty, a facility expected to serve as a hub for technology instruction, training and skill-building for those in Morgan and surrounding Eastern Kentucky counties.

The center, housed in a building that also contains the Morgan County Public Library and the West Liberty Innovation Commercialization Center, will be operated by UK. It will offer access to the most up-to-date computers and other technology to help Eastern Kentucky business people develop and nurture technology businesses.

“The Morgan County Regional Technology Center will provide the state-of-the-art technical support and expertise necessary to grow and sustain New Economy companies in the area,” said Governor Patton.

Working in partnership with UK at the center will be the Kentucky Office for the New Economy, the state Department of Libraries and Archives, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Maysville Technical and Community College, and Belcan Partners LLC.

Also on hand for the dedication ceremony were Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards, state Representatives John Will Stacy and Rocky Adkins, and state New Economy Commissioner Bill Brundage.

The technology center already has attracted anchor tenants. Belcan Partners LLC is a high-technology company offering information, applications and learning content for agricultural business innovation. The company receiving won financial assistance from the state Economic Development Finance Authority.

Also located in the building is the West Liberty Innovation Commercialization Center, a partnership between UK, the Kentucky Office of the New Economy, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University. It is one of 16 rural innovation centers planned throughout the state, with seven located in Eastern Kentucky.

“The West Liberty Innovation Center will help us create a New Economy corridor in the Northeastern Kentucky region that capitalizes on an established business base,” Brundage said.


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