In the first grant made from the city's Legacy Higher Education Opportunity Fund, Indiana Tech Tuesday received $1 million toward completion of its $15.7 million Academic Center.
“This is a perfect fit (for Legacy dollars). The project is transformational,” Mayor Tom Henry said during a presentation at the campus just east of downtown – a reference to the goal of promoting “transformational” change through the use of the fund created by the sale of the old City Light electric utility to Indiana Michigan Electric Co.
The building, now under construction, is scheduled for completion in about a year and will house 13 classrooms in addition to the Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Leadership Center, focusing on leadership training and education, and the Center for Creative Collaboration to support area entrepreneurs. In addition an e-art education laboratory, a high-tech criminal science laboratory, an expanded McMillen Library, an art gallery, and an auditorium and theater will be located in the Academic Center.
The library, theater and auditorium will be open to the public, and the education and criminal science laboratories will have limited public use. The center will also provide programming for the community, including efforts to help youth develop math skills and entrepreneurs develop successful local businesses.
“No day has been happier than this one. I can't thank you enough. This will make a difference in our community,” Snyder told Henry.
The Legacy Higher Education Opportunity Fund provides higher-learning non-profit institutions up to a $3 million, three-to-one match for capital investments. The investments must be made in downtown Fort Wayne or surrounding core neighborhoods.
“If you keep moving west, you'll be knocking on my front door (at City Hall),” Henry said, referring to the school's growing campus.