OCTOBER 20, 2005

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Sharing the vision: NSUBA phase II groundbreaking
Vision 2025 provides $26 million for NSUBA

Higher education, city and state officials turned out in mass despite rain showers as Northeastern State University broke ground on its $26 million Broken Arrow campus expansion project recently.

Higher education leaders, both local and statewide, joined Tulsa and Broken Arrow officials recently as Northeastern State University broke ground on its $26 million Broken Arrow campus expansion project, a Vision 2025 project.

NSU’s growing presence in the Greater Tulsa Metropolitan Area received a significant vote of confidence on September 9, 2003 when Tulsa County voters overwhelmingly approved $26 million for the second phase of development at the University’s two-year-old Broken Arrow campus.

Phase II of the NSUBA Master Plan includes the construction of science, library and classroom facilities that will expand the campus’ capacity from 3,500 students to over 8,000. The money for construction will be collected as part of the Vision 2025 county improvement and development package which will generate $535 million for educational, business and infrastructure projects throughout the county. More than 60 percent of county voters approved the one-penny, 13-year sales tax increase, which will help fund higher education projects at five Tulsa County campuses.

The money from the Vision 2025 package will bring the total tax-payer approved investment in NSUBA to $42 million over the past four years as Broken Arrow voters approved $16 million for the initial campus construction on December 9, 1998. Today, more than 2,730 students are making good use of the NSUBA facilities.

Construction on the second phase of development at NSUBA is expected to be completed by fall 2007.

Contact: Nancy Garber, director of public relations, 1-918-456-5511. ext. 2885