October 26, 2004
The Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association Board of Directors has endorsed the establishment of the proposed New College of Virginia in the Martinsville area.
The board passed a resolution on Oct. 7.
It states that the college can be the catalyst for economic revitalization and that the uptown area is an "ideal place to house and host a new college. ... uptown Martinsville has existing buildings suitable for conversion to the college needs for classroom, meeting, administrative and cultural programs.
"A significant part of the innovativeness of the college's progress lies in the constructive reuse of vacant uptown structures ... (and) urban community focus for the college is cost efficient, unique and fills numerous purposes," the resolution adds.
The resolution also states that MURA supports the state's acceptance of a $50 million challenge grant issued by The Harvest Foundation to the state to create the university.
The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia will hold public hearings on the college proposal Tuesday night in Danville, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Patrick Henry Community College and Thursday in Richmond.
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