Oakland City University to Celebrate New Student Center and Regional Cities Momentum in Southwest Indiana To: citycountyobserver@live.com

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Oakland City University (OCU) is breaking ground on its Oakland City University Boulevard Commons project on Thursday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. CST in Oakland City, Indiana. The Boulevard Commons project is one component of the southwest region’s Indiana Regional Cities Initiative plan designed to retain and attract talent.
This project received $2.2 million in state funding through Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, which helps communities across the state come together to transform their regions into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work, play and stay. With employers continually stressing the need for a skilled and ready workforce, Indiana is building upon its strong economic foundation to advance quality of place projects that attract and retain future generations of Hoosiers. The project was recommended for funding by the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (SWIRDA) as a part of the region’s Indiana’s Great Southwest plan.
“Through Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, we’re working to build on Indiana’s economic momentum by developing vibrant cities that attract the talent needed for today, tomorrow and years to come,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “We’re excited to be a part of today’s groundbreaking and look forward to witnessing the university’s continued contributions to the future success of its students and the surrounding communities in southwest Indiana. Together, we’re working to create places that people are proud to call home and destinations that continue to retain and attract residents.”
The celebration commemorates the beginning of construction on the new 33,000 sq. ft. student housing center with 1,750 sq. ft. of retail space. The complex is spread among two floors to accommodate approximately 100 students and will create a new corridor into the University.
“We are fulfilling the dream and vision of many, creating a gateway to Southwest Indiana through enriched educational opportunities and community collaboration,” said OCU President Dr. Ray Barber. Building the new student center with retail space will help support the continued vitality of OCU and the town of Oakland City. It will enable growth in enrollment, foster greater engagement with alumni, and bring added economic opportunity to the community.
“Regional Cities is about attracting and retaining talent. This project will not only spur economic growth with the commercial space but allow students to incorporate business experience into their curriculum,” said SWIRDA chair Beth McFadin Higgins.
The project will continue to build upon the concept of a gateway to the University providing a much needed entry and face lift to the main boulevard entering the campus.
Event Location:
Oakland City University
Corner of Williams Street and 1st Ave
Oakland City, IN 47660

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