Ohio Colleges Pitch Construction Projects

Feb 16, 2012

Ohio's public colleges and universities have presented the state with a $350 million proposal for construction projects, representing the top priorities for the institutions as determined by a higher education committee.

The Higher Education Capital Funding Commission was created last year at the urging of Gov. John Kasich to deal with tight state funding.

The commission, chaired by Ohio State President Gordon Gee, announced its priorities Wednesday for all 37 schools, including four-year colleges and two-year community colleges.

The requests include $15 million for projects that enhance business partnerships, $30 million for workforce development, $97 million for projects linking engineering and science and $208 million for long-term maintenance projects.

Kasich wanted the schools to work together on priorities rather than compete for construction money as they currently do.