Rahall Directs Federal Funding to Regional Technology Center

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 17 2003

Rahall Directs Federal Funding to Regional Technology Center

Athens, W. Va. – Concord College officials announced that Representative Nick Joe Rahall has been successful in assigning a HUD Special Projects Grant for the development of the Southern West Virginia Technology Center to be located on the Concord College campus. The HUD grant will provide $1.1 million in federal funding to the project.

"We are very gratified to have received this news," said Jerry L. Beasley, president of Concord College. "With $1.9 million in Special Project funding previously arranged by Congressman Rahall, the SWVTC now has $3 million in available construction funds, so we now have the means to begin the building phase of this project."

The SWVTC is designed to provide a central location in Southern West Virginia where cutting edge electronic technologies will be available to Concord faculty and students, already established local businesses, and to start-up companies, which locate in the area. "The business incubator piece of the project will provide the physical space, support equipment, and first class human resources and consulting," said Beasley. "Nick Joe Rahall really has made a significant investment in the economic future of Southern West Virginia with the financing he has made available to the SWVTC," added Beasley.

The Technology Center at Concord College is slated to renovate and replace an out-of-service building on the Concord campus. Construction preliminaries, such as asbestos abatement and utility restructuring, will commence immediately with site preparation and construction scheduled to begin in the spring of 2004. "We still have some final funding to obtain in order to purchase expensive high-tech support equipment, but we plan to open the Center and to begin providing technology support to the area by the fall of 2005," President Beasley said.

“Concord College isn’t cutting its teeth on technology, it is on the cutting edge of the I-64 high-tech corridor, we are calling the Silicon Mountains,” Rahall said. “We are ushering in a new era and bringing new jobs to our mountains and valleys, and this money will help further Concord College’s role as an anchor in Southern West Virginia’s high-tech renaissance.”

Rahall added, “The leadership and vision of President Beasley and the innovators at Concord College and the Southern West Virginia Technology Center are a true asset to Southern West Virginia, and are providing the basis for our Silicon Mountains initiative.”

Congressman Nick Rahall of Beckley represents the Third Congressional District of West Virginia. First elected in 1976, he is currently serving his 14th term and is the Dean of the West Virginia Delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rahall is well known for his expertise in national policies relating to transportation, and infrastructure, energy and the environment. In the House of Representatives, Rahall serves on the Committee on Resources where he is the Ranking Democratic Member and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he is the second senior Democrat.

For information on the Technology Center call 1-304-384-5366 or e-mail rowe@concord.edu.