According to Martha S. MacKay, interim executive director of the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, IAGT's gift will be matched with $180,000 from the State University Construction Fund and $90,000 from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation for the College's Instructional Equipment Fund, realizing a total of $450,000 for the campaign.
In announcing its commitment to the Cayuga County Community College Foundation, the IAGT earmarked the funds for the Community Theatre Renovation Project. This component of the capital campaign will upgrade the college's theatre as a performance space for college and community theatre and arts events. It will also improve the venue as a meeting place for community discussion and scientific presentations. “IAGT has far surpassed our original expectations for becoming an economic engine in Cayuga County,” said college president Dennis Golladay. “This investment will further enhance the Institute's ability to serve public officials and residents. The Institute has greatly assisted the College in several ways, including start-up costs for the college's Geographic Information Systems program and tremendous assistance with our newest building, the James T. Walsh Regional Economic Center.” IAGT's Chief Executive Office Robert Brower stated, “We are pleased to be in a position to help fund a facility which will better serve our community and provide a forum for geospatial technology applications. Creative renovation of this space will increase its flexibility and facilitate community dialogue in an era when the engagement of citizens in public issues needs to be encouraged. Enhanced communication can benefit the community in such local issues as environmental stewardship, economic development, smart growth, public safety, and energy independence.”
With its donation, IAGT joins nearly 160 community foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals in pledging support to fund renovation projects on the college's Auburn campus and to increase the instructional equipment endowment for both the Fulton and Auburn campuses. With the IAGT gift, the Foundation has met the funding threshold necessary to qualify for 100% of available challenge matches. The Foundation plans continued appeals to raise an additional $1 million needed to accomplish all projects in the college's facilities master plan, approved by the Cayuga County Legislature in 1997. Among the components already completed in the plan are the Regional Economic Center, an enlarged entrance to the main classroom building, classroom and office renovations, and an energy-efficient upgrade to the physical plant including geothermal heating and cooling.
The Cayuga County Community College Foundation's mission is to enhance and provide assistance for educational and related programs of Cayuga Community College. Information is available from the Foundation at 255-1792, extension 2328.