Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Newnan Kiwanis Club is donating $25,000 to the new University of West Georgia
campus in Newnan. The Kiwanis Club made the presentation during its meeting on Tuesday.
The commitment of the Kiwanis shows the connection the community has to this project, said UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero. “The connection of the community is the only way we’ll be successful.”
“To have a community come together for a project like this doesn’t happen everywhere,” he added.
The club’s donation is expected to be doled out during a five-year period. The money comes from proceeds from the club’s biggest fundraiser, the Coweta County Fair.
In honor of their donation, the Kiwanis Club will have a classroom at UWG Newnan named after it.
Marrero said the new campus, located at the site of the old Newnan hospital on Jackson Street, should have a soft opening in April 2015, with a grand opening in August. The campus is currently located in the Shenandoah Industrial Park.
UWG Newnan is a joint project between the old Newnan Hospital Board, the city of Newnan, Coweta County, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and UWG.
This year marks UWG’s fourth consecutive year of record enrollment with 12,206 students. Marrero said 500 unduplicated students are enrolled currently at the Newnan campus. By 2018, his goal is to have 3,000 unduplicated students there.
In addition to the educational opportunities the project and new campus will bring to Newnan, UWG’s Center for Business and Economic Research reported the project will bring $21 million to Newnan during the constructional phase and create 176 jobs. It is also expected to generate between $1.4 million and $3.4 million annually in the community.
On Jan. 8, 2013, the Georgia Board of Regents approved purchasing the old hospital property, and the Newnan City Council approved contracts to move the project forward on Jan. 22. Under the project, the Newnan Hospital Board will donate all the land and give about $4.2 million toward the project. Coweta County will give slightly more than $500,000 over a 10-year period. Once the project is completed, the Board of Regents will buy the complex for $5 million.