PHENIX CITY—Officials from Troy University and Phenix City met on the bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River Thursday to announce formally a partnership to construct a building that will serve as the centerpiece for the city's riverfront development.
State Sen. Gerald Dial, president pro tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University; and Max Wilkes, Phenix City Councilman, representing Mayor Sonny Coulter who was out of town, participated in the announcement ceremony.
"From my dual vantage point as a legislator and as a university trustee I can tell you this is one of the more exciting projects for East Alabama that I have been involved in over the last decade," Sen. Dial said.
Chancellor Hawkins thanked city officials for their support, as Phenix City has invested $4.9 million in the project, including the donation of the riverfront property where the building will be located.
"This is a shared vision of a great university and a great city," Dr. Hawkins said. "This is a wise investment."
Chancellor Hawkins said the building will house classrooms for the College of Business, an office of the Center for International Business and Economic Development and a Water Resources Research Center.
Councilman Wilkes praised TROY for its commitment to the project, which has taken about seven years to come to fruition.
"This announcement represents a tremendous opportunity that Phenix City and TROY will share," he said. "Within the next two years, TROY will bring an educational presence to the riverfront that will allow students to get a world-class education without leaving Phenix City."