Keuka College has been awarded $1.1 million as part of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council Awards announced in Albany on Dec. 8. The funding will be used to renovate the Dahlstrom Student Center ($1 million) and Point Neamo Waterfront ($100,000). Both projects are slated to begin in the summer of 2017.
“The existing student center was designed for a student population that’s 2/3 of today’s on-campus enrollment,” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, Keuka College’s president. “This grant provides us the opportunity to transform the space into a hub for student life that meets the needs of today’s Keuka College’s students and provides room for us to grow to 1700 by 2023 as stated in the strategic plan.”
The renovated student center will include a large event space as well as areas for student clubs and organizations, community gatherings, co-curricular activities, and recreation.
The Point Neamo Waterfront project is a piece of the Town of Jerusalem’s overall waterfront development plan. The College and the town previously collaborated on a waterfront revitalization study in 2014.
“Keuka College is a major economic driver for Yates County,” says Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC). “In addition to Keuka College being one of our largest employers, its focus on experiential learning helps provide a well-trained labor force for local, regional, and New York employers. The College’s ever-increasing international presence provides yet still increasing opportunities for future business growth and employment opportunities.”
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Executive Director Vincent Esposito says these projects are incredibly important for the College, and for the entire Yates County community.
“Keuka College is a key contributor to the area’s economy, and the Council’s investment in its future will help the College better serve its students and help the region continue to move forward,” adds Esposito.
That’s why, Griffin says, the FLEDC is so excited by Keuka College’s latest major investment in its campus and appreciative of the Council’s financial assistance to the College.
“The $1,000,000 New York state grant will help the College with its $12,000,000 renovation of the Dahlstrom Student Center, which will enhance student life and activities on campus,” says Griffin. “Further, a $100,000 grant will help the College with its plan to further develop the Keuka Lake waterfront, which will be enjoyed by Keuka College faculty, students, and the public at large.
For additional information about the College's long-term campus master plan, visit https://www.keuka.edu/e2/master-plan.