Sunday May 31st, 2020 9:22AM

State grants $15.9 million to UNG for capital improvements

Lawmakers approved almost $16 million dollars for the University of North Georgia to use towards making capital improvements at the school.

The Executive Director of Communications, Sylvia Carson, said the bulk of the funds will be used for the old Lanier Tech campus across from the school's current Gainesville campus.

"The goal is to be able to acquire the seven building that Lanier Tech has left available, which totals about 165,000 square feet,"  Carson said, "and to re-align some of our current academic and administrative departments.

Carson explained that the school is also seeing an increase in the number of students who want to pursue degrees in cyber security, computer forensics, and computer science which requires a facility to accommodate the students in the Mike Cottrell College of Business on the Dahlonega campus.

"The first $2.3 million dollars is for design funds and we expect they'll be money in the next two years to be able to support the construction, equipment, and furnishing of that building."

Of the $15.9 million dollars granted from the state, she said the school will spend approximately $13.6 million for the old Lanier Tech campus project.

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