Board authorizes negotiations for Middletown campus
October 27, 2010
The Board of Trustees of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has authorized negotiations aimed at establishing a campus in Middletown.
The unanimous vote Tuesday (Oct. 26) came after representatives of the City of Middletown approached Cincinnati State about setting up a campus in downtown property that it owns or proposes to acquire. The property includes the historic (1922) Manchester Inn, a 78-room hotel with a restaurant and banquet hall; a former senior citizens center and a former Cincinnati Gas & Electric building that currently houses The Middletown Journal.
The proposal anticipates that Middletown would own the property and finance the renovations and the College would enter into a long-term lease agreement.
“I am truly, truly excited about this opportunity,’’ said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens. “I believe this could be a model not just for the state, but for the nation as an example of an educational institution partnering with a municipality to promote economic development. Put on your seat belts. We are going to shake this region up.’’
Assuming that a satisfactory agreement can be negotiated, Dr. Owens said, Cincinnati State has an opportunity to extend its expertise to a region where it already has a strong base of support — and considerable potential for growth.
College officials have identified several academic and workforce development programs that will be established at a Middletown campus. The CG&E Building is envisioned as a campus hub for classrooms, labs and administrative purposes. The Manchester Inn will be operated as both a commercial enterprise and as a training site for its students in culinary and hospitality.
The resolution approved by the Board of Trustees stipulates that any agreement with the City of Middletown must not adversely affect Cincinnati State’s standing under financial controls (Senate Bill 6) established under state law and enforced by the Ohio Board of Regents.
Michael Oestreicher, Chairman of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees, said there has already been a great deal of co-operation between public and private officials in Middletown and the staff at Cincinnati State. “It is with great enthusiasm that we take this next step,’’ he said.