Santa Fe grant to help expand Blount Center

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.

Santa Fe College has received a $50,000 grant to help fund the construction of a new classroom building at the Charles L. Blount Center.

The Blount Center is located at 401 NW 6th St., north of SF College's Center of Innovation and Economic Development.

SF College President Jackson Sasser said in a statement that the college understands the commitment to economic development held by the Plum Creek Foundation, the nonprofit providing the grant.

"We are grateful for this generous contribution from the Plum Creek Foundation and will work to uphold the values of this great company and the college," he said.

College officials say they hope to eventually make the Blount Center into a fully operating SF College campus focused on business education.

David Houder, SF College spokesman, said the project is in its preliminary stages and that no timeline has been set for construction.

"The goal is to have a campus downtown — not just centers," he said.

He said SF College will see what the market will demand, as the college plans to provide training for people to enter the workforce brought on by the emergence of the nearby Innovation Square.

"A big piece of this is working with the academic programs to see what they need," he said.

Joey Flechas is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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