The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council on Friday announced the opening of the Keuka Commons building on the Keuka College campus.
The council, through Empire State Development Corp., provided Keuka College with a $250,000 grant.
The new student union mixed-use facility is also the new home to the Division of Business and Management and the Center for Professional Studies. It is the first new building on campus in more than 40 years.
Keuka Commons is also home to the college bookstore, the Office of Health and Counseling, Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics, Wertman Office for Digital Education and the Wolf Den Cafe.
“We are excited for the opening of Keuka Commons, which received funding from the council,” said council co-chairs Wegmans Food Markets Inc. CEO Danny Wegman and Monroe Community College president Anne Kress. “This project marks a major milestone 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 grow.”
Economic support and assistance from local and state agencies was key to the college being able to move forward, officials said.
Construction of the Commons was called for in the college’s long-range strategic plan.
Keuka College president Jorge Diaz-Herrera called the facility a “critically needed building.”
Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said “Keuka College is a major economic driver for Yates County and their continued investment in their campus is a welcomed sight. The opportunities that come with the opening of Keuka Commons, including housing their new Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics, hold great promise for future economic development initiatives generated by the school, for Yates County and the entire Finger Lakes Region.”
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