Custer Campus hosts groundbreaking

The Custer Campus Board of Directors and Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) officially broke ground on the site of the seven acre Custer Campus in Broken Bow Friday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy, Mid-Plains Community College President Dr. Michael Chipps, Custer Campus Board of Directors, CEDC Board of Directors, andofficials from the City of Broken Bow participated in the ceremonies. The initial phase of Custer Campus will include a 4,057 square-foot classroom building and a 3,228 square-foot technical lab annex and be home to Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) Broken Bow Extended Campus. The Custer Campus Board will lease the buildings to MPCC, which will be responsible for upkeep and staffing. MPCC will expand their current offerings through a wide variety of certificates, diplomas, two year associates and applied science degrees, and technical training. It is anticipated that in partnership with Bellevue University, Chadron State College, and Fort Hays State University will also start offering bachelors and graduate degree programs at Custer Campus beginning August, 2011. Phase two of development for Custer Campus will provide an opportunity for additional expansion of governmental, educational, and other facilities on the campus. “Custer Campus will provide the opportunity for rural Nebraskans of all ages the ability to secure a postsecondary education and enable Custer County to become a regional hub for education, business, and government," noted Jerry Adams, Co-President of the Custer Campus Board of Directors. “The adjoining land available at Custer Campus opens the doors to economic growth for Broken Bow and Custer County,” he added. The $1.5-million campus will be funded primarily by private donations. All donations will go through the CEDC, a 501(c)(3) and are tax deductible. More than $1.2 million has been raised to date. Mid-Plains Community Coll-ege has contributed $200,000 and more than $1 million has come from local community support. Each level of giving will be recognized with the donor or donor’s family/organization’s name located on the campus. In order to complete the project, an additional $300,000 still needs to be raised. The Custer Campus site is located on the west edge of Broken Bow along Highway 2, across from Pamida. For more information or for renderings of Custer Campus, please contact Liz Babcock, CEDC President, at 308-872-1401 or elizabethmbabcock *The Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is privately funded by businesses and individuals in Custer County, Nebraska. Since its inception in 2003, CEDC has provided support and resources to new and expanding businesses, fostering business growth and retention in the area.