Adkins said he is offended when others call things like the beautiful new building being dedicated a “project.”
“This is a project but it is much more than that,” Adkins said. “It is an investment in our people that will benefit this region for generations to come. It is a fulfillment of vision, hope and opportunity.”
State Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins, a veteran of 29 years in the General Assembly, said he was as proud of this building as anything he has done. He also credited two former legislators — former Sen. Charlie
Borders and former Rep. John Vincent — for playing key roles in securing funding for the EastPark building.
The fact that Vincent and Borders — both Republicans — joined area Democrats in working for the building is evidence of the bipartisanship exhibited by all area legislators on projects and legislation important to northeastern Kentucky.
State Sen. Robin Webb joined Adkins in calling the new building an investment instead of a project. She spoke of how her family has benefited from ACTC. A native of Grayson, Webb said she began her college studies at ACC before going on the earn her law degree. Her daughter entered Midway College with 18 hours of credit earned through ACTC, she said.
As a member of the House of Representatives for only 14 months, state Rep. Kevin Sinnette said he can take no credit for the new building, However, he commended his predecessor, John Vincent, for his years of supporting education on all levels and for helping secure funding for the building.
State Rep. Jill York, who succeeded Webb when she was elected to the Senate seat vacated by Borders, said the word transformation kept recurring in her thoughts as she listened to the comments.
“This campus will open doorways that will transform lives and create a better future for this region,” she said.