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Clinical Sciences Building Bonding Request
President Richard Davenport and MnSCU requesting funding.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-15-2014
Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport said today that he planned to work with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, local legislators and the medical and allied health communities to build legislative support for funding a new $25.8 million Clinical Sciences Building on campus that would benefit the Mankato area community.
The new facility would help Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health and Nursing to produce the health care professionals that the state of Minnesota will need in the future while also providing services to thousands of local clients.
Earlier today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton released his bonding recommendations for the 2014 legislative session in a State of Minnesota news release. Minnesota State Mankato’s proposed Clinical Sciences Building was not among the projects Dayton has initially recommended to receive funding.
“I am still very confident we will get bills that include bonding for the Clinical Sciences Building in both the House and Senate that are sponsored by both the Republican and Democratic parties,” said Davenport. “It will require hard work to get those bills through conference committees to the governor, but we are very hopeful that if both the House and Senate recommend those bills, that the governor will add it to his list of recommendations.”
Minnesota State Mankato’s request for just over $25.8 million in funding for the Clinical Sciences Building was one of 24 capital investment projects that were part of MnSCU’s $155.9 million 2014 capital budget request.
Davenport said he would continue to work with Rosenstone to ask local legislators for their support of the funding request.
“I’ve had the opportunity to speak directly with Chancellor Rosenstone about this, and he has assured me that he and the Board of Trustees will continue to support the bonding request that was submitted to and approved by the Board,” said Davenport.
Davenport said the facility would serve thousands of clients in the local community.
“A new Clinical Sciences Building is vital to the local and regional communities that we serve,” said Davenport. “There are thousands of clients who will benefit from this new facility.”
Davenport said he was pleased that the governor supported bonding upgrades to the city’s Verizon Wireless Center.
“The University has been a strong supporter of the City of Mankato’s bonding request, and those improvements will directly benefit the Minnesota State Mankato’s hockey programs as well as city growth and economic growth in the region,” Davenport said.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.