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Meeting will look at EGCC future

If you have ever sat at the intersection of Lovers Lane and John Scott Highway in Steubenville and thought you had a good idea about how the parking lot at Eastern Gateway Community College could be put to better use, you’ll have the chance to make those thoughts heard Wednesday night.

That’s when officials at the school plan to hold a public meeting to share their ideas for the property.

EGCC President Jimmie Bruce explained that members of the public are invited to offer their thoughts during the session, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Hall in the Robert D’Anniballe Building. He said invitations have been extended to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, businesses and officials from Jefferson County and its municipalities.

It’s critical that residents from around the community offer their views, Bruce said, because their tax money makes it possible for the school to continue to grow.

Bruce said those who attend also will be able to hear about the school’s vision for the expansion, which likely will include additional space for the college, possible retail and restaurant space and space that the community will be able to access. It’s potential growth that will benefit the community and the college.

The school had been using the parking lot for the driving component of its commercial driver’s license course of study. That program has been moved to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, which has cleared the way for the school to begin to look at that portion of its property as a location for growth.

Residents of Jefferson County have been willing to support the community college for more than 50 years.

The school, in turn, has offered residents of the community educational and training opportunities that they might not have been able to receive anywhere else. It’s a partnership that has thrived, one that is built on communication.

That relationship is important, and a reason why area residents need to be a part of Wednesday’s meeting.

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