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WIU President Jack Thomas with Gov. Pat Quinn at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus
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WIU President Jack Thomas with Gov. Pat Quinn at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus
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Quinn Announces $5 Million Investment for WIU-QC Riverfront campus Phase III Design

October 24, 2014

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MOLINE, IL -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced today (Oct. 24) a $5 million investment for the Phase III of the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus in Moline. The funding comes from Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.

"The Quad Cities is a great place to live and work, and the WIU Quad Cities Campus will continue to grow and prepare students for the in-demand careers of today and tomorrow," Quinn said.

The $5 million investment announced by Gov. Quinn will fund Phase III design work. The final phase of the Riverfront campus is comprised of an 85,000 square foot academic building that will house classrooms, labs, high-bay specialized laboratories, offices and student resources and services. The total estimated project cost is $34.6 million.

"This is another great day for Western Illinois University. We appreciate the support of Governor Pat Quinn and all of our legislators for the many projects and programs that further improve our great university. By working together, we continue to move forward to provide the residents of the Quad Cities region access to a quality public higher education," said WIU President Jack Thomas.

A grand opening of Phase II was held last month. Phase II facilities officially opened for the first day of classes in August. The first building -- Phase I -- on the Riverfront campus, which is the former John Deere Tech Center, opened January 2012.

"An initial programming study has been completed, which allows for the design work to be conducted efficiently and be ready for construction funding. We are thankful for the opportunity to proudly serve our host communities, regions and students with space that supports expanded educational opportunity and academic excellence," said Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning Joe Rives. "Thank you to Governor Quinn, President Thomas and everyone involved in this mission-critical expansion."

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