“Yes, we are determined, and yes, we are going to see it through. But, I really had hoped to share with the people of Bloomington, in this thought I just expressed, that we’re not trying to diminish the life of anyone anywhere, but to lift up a part of this state.”
Daniel’s I-69 remarks were especially welcomed by those in attendance, who also noted the importance of the highway to the park’s existence.
And, Daniels did key on the opening for the new 64,000 square-foot, two-story center that is expected to open in 2012.
The academy is expected to be a center for state-of-the-art training, a facility to host national technological meetings and conferences and a host for academic studies.
Several Indiana universities will be involved at the center.
“We need to improve the educational level of our work force,” Daniels said. “This will be a state-wide example for the caliber of education and integrated work. I think this will become a magnet that will be copied in other parts of the state.”
Project planning started in 2004, and has continued with fund-raising projects at the state and national levels.
WestGate presently hires 800 employees as the state’s first multi-county State Certified Technology Park.
“When the world looks at Indiana these days, it looks as a very different place than in just a few years ago,” Daniels said. “When people size up where is a great place for new jobs, Indiana is in the top tiers, if not at the very top tier. What we are concentrating on today is a fantastic surge of growth in this state that deserves it so much. Today is about the wealth that will be created when this structure comes out of the ground, and the work that will come out the buildings yet to come.