On March 15 voters will have a chance to make a positive mark on North Carolina’s future by approving the Connect NC Bond package. As chairman of East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees, I support these bonds and urge you to support them, too.
If approved, the majority of this $2 billion project will pay for urgently needed buildings and renovations at UNC system schools and community colleges. Eastern North Carolina would receive an estimated $300 million, with the impact in the northeast approximately $140 million. Pitt County would receive more than $98 million.
ECU would receive $90 million to build a 150,000 square foot new life sciences and biotechnology building. That STEM-focused resource will be critical to student success and regional transformation, two of ECU’s primary commitments to the East and to North Carolina. Approximately 17,000 of our students take biology courses each year. Those courses support our sizeable pipeline of health care providers for North Carolina, including nurses, doctors, physical therapists and physician assistants.
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