On Sept. 15, members of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia gathered to dedicate Phase II of the new Business Learning Community, and break ground on Phase III.
The event also included Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, University of Georgia President Jere Morehead and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whiten, along with many of the donors that made the construction possible.
The dedication ceremony for primary donors for Phase II of the project included Amos Hall, Benson Hall and Moore-Rooker Hall. This portion of the project was completed over the summer, according to a press release issued by the Terry College of Business.
Morehead said when all three phases of the Business Learning Community have been completed, the project will have been funded by a 50-50 match of state and private support.
“I want to take a moment to thank all our donors, but especially our lead donors, Dan Amos, Ed and Larry Benson, Dudley Moore and Jack Rooker, who will speak later in this program, as well as Phil Casey who funded the undergraduate Commons in Amos Hall,” Morehead said.
According to Morehead, essential support for the project came from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, who approved more than $40 million for Phase II and more than $18 million for Phase III.
“The Business Learning Community is yet another example of [Governor Nathan Deal’s] commitment to leveraging resources in public higher education to promote prosperity for this state,” Morehead said.
Governor Deal said this relationship between state and private support has been integral not only to the construction of the Business Learning Community but to Georgia’s growth as a hotspot for business.
“One of the things that became very clear was that we needed to lean on the resources of private business and private industry and try to give them the ingredients that they think are important to make them successful,” Deal said.
Deal also said that approach has been effective, citing Georgia's recent number one ranking by Area Development Magazine as being the best state in the country in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year.
“We’re on a roll, and we want to keep it that way,” Deal said. “What you’re doing today is going to help us keep it that way.”