UNCG Chancellor Frank Gilliam, N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold Martin and GTCC President Randy Parker met Thursday, Jan. 14, on GTCC’s campus to sign a joint resolution in support of the $2 billion Connect NC bond.

If approved by North Carolina voters, the bond would allocate $980 million for the UNC System and $350 million for the North Carolina Community College System to address targeted construction, repairs and renovations. The bond would also make a significant investment in parks, recreation, safety, and water and sewer infrastructure projects.

“This is a bond that is smart policy. It doesn’t increase taxes,” Gilliam said. “As responsible stewards of our future, we have to make this investment … This isn’t about simply bricks and mortar. This is about people and this is about future generations.”

The joint resolution states that the higher education system is a primary driver of job creation in the state, with UNCG, N.C. A&T and GTCC collectively contributing an estimated $2 billion in economic impact to the Piedmont Triad region.

The document also highlights that North Carolina’s population has increased by 2 million since the last general obligation bond was authorized to upgrade the state’s infrastructure 15 years ago.

Brent Christensen, CEO of the Greensboro Partnership, also made remarks at the signing. The partnership and the trustees of all three institutions have expressed support of the bond’s infrastructure investment through individually signed resolutions.

UNCG would use its allocated $105 million in bond funds for a new nursing and STEM instruction building that would replace the aging McIver Building on campus. This new facility would increase the number of graduates in science and health care fields and help ensure the highest quality pre-service clinical preparation for well-paying, high-demand careers.

With biology labs at UNCG currently operating at 160 percent of the recommended utilization and the School of Nursing turning away a growing number of qualified students each year, the proposed construction responds to immediate and future needs of the state and employers by providing needed modern flexible lab and classroom space for nursing, biology, chemistry and the health sciences.

For more information about the bond, visit connect.nc.gov.

 

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations