Center breaks new ground
Center is an investment for generations to come," said 7th District
U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre. "This (groundbreaking) proves that
when we work together, we can make a difference."
(from left): Cecil Brown, HUD representative, Ronnie Hunt, LREMC,
Rev. Ron Sanders, campus minister, Lorna McNeill, alumni director,
Henry Lewis, UNCP trustee, Congressman Mike McIntyre, and Dr.
Roger Brown, Provost
and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
U.S. Rep. McIntyre
said he has high hopes for the Regional Center's role in turning around
the sagging economy of Robeson and surrounding counties. He was the
keynote speaker April 28 at the groundbreaking ceremony for UNC Pembroke's
new Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional
one issue in our community is jobs," McIntyre said. "The number
two issue is jobs and the number three issue is jobs.
said he is very comfortable at the COMtech. business and education park,
where the new 11,500 square-foot center is to be constructed. McIntyre's
great grandfather once farmed land there, and he cut wood at the site
as a young man, he said.
delivered $950,000 in federal funding for project. Federal funding is
nearing $3 million for the Regional Center, which seeks to harness the
university's resources to address community issues.
(from left): Henry Lewis, UNCP trustee,
Johnny Hunt, county commissioner, Ronnie Hunt, LREMC, and Congressman
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Roger Brown praised COMtech. and the Regional Center as an historic
partnerships that will break new ground for the region's economy.
we are about to break ground for already has a special place in the
history and the future of our institution," Dr. Brown said. "This
is the first building we have ever constructed off campus."
"It is fitting
that we break ground here at COMtech., which is another project that
owes its existence to an array of partnerships that are represented
here this morning," Dr. Brown said. "Forging alliances and
building partnerships is the only way we will be able to build a successful
community in the new world we live in today."
For COMtech., it
was the third groundbreaking in the past few months. Robeson Community
College will build a technology-training center at the site, and the
Public Schools of Robeson County has promised a technology magnet school
at the park, located between Lumberton and Pembroke.
Lumbee River Electric
Membership Cooperative (LREMC) has been instrumental in planning and
building the 600-acre COMtech.
am pleased to be here welcoming another founding partner at a groundbreaking,"
said Ronnie Hunt, LREMC's executive director and chair of COMtech's
board of directors. "We're proud to have you aboard."
The Robeson County
Board of Commissioners provided initial funding and support for COMtech.
and I long for the day that this 'field of dreams' is filled with business
and industry," said Johnny Hunt, county commission chair.
There were many
representatives from local governments and businesses at the site, including
Pembroke Mayor Milton Hunt and Lumberton Mayor Raymond Pennington.
UNCP trustee Henry
Lewis, a Lumberton businessman, summed up by saying the groundbreaking
is day one of the turnaround of the region's economy.
to University Newswire