Our Board of Trustees’ decision last week to move forward with a capital referendum made it a very big week in the history of our College. A tremendous amount of planning and research has been done in recent years, and particularly in the last six months to provide our Board with as much information as possible to help inform their decision. I know that many in the room on Tuesday evening felt the magnitude of the decision and the importance this $66.5 million set of projects holds for the communities of our region.
As my colleagues and I have interacted with the media, various community groups, and governmental entities on the subject of the referendum thus far, the feedback and energy around this expansion has been good overall. Occasionally we hear of perceptions and sometimes outright limited understanding of FVTC’s role and responsibility in the region, which are of some concern to me. Thus our challenge in the months ahead will be to work to provide the public with information on the projects of the referendum, the related needs, opportunities, and the investment we’re asking them to make.