Arlington County Presents Final Payment of $5 Million Grant

Posted: September 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jocelyn Rappaport

George Mason President Alan Merten and Vice President of the Arlington Campus, Stanley Taylor, were presented the final $1 million dollar payment by Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette at the county offices earlier this month. The payment finalizes a $5 million grant that county voters approved in 2000 to help the university continue development of the campus.

“A true partnership is one when each partner makes the other partner better in ways never imagined. That is definitely the case with the partnership between Arlington County and George Mason,” said Merten.

The next phase of development is a 250,000-square-foot building that will provide offices for academic programs, the Arlington Campus Library and student support services, along with state-of-the-art classrooms when the building is completed in 2008. In addition, there will be a lecture hall/auditorium, a multipurpose room and an outdoor plaza.

The completed 5.2-acre site of the Arlington Campus will have 750,000 square feet of space and many new facilities. The academic focus of the campus is law, public policy, conflict resolution, economics, social work, global studies and education. The university also works closely with the community in offering assistance through its Small Business Development Center, providing training workshop space, cosponsoring the Spotlight Speaker Series lectures with the county library and developing partnerships with businesses and organizations.

Arlington check presentation
From left, Vice President of the Arlington Campus, Stanley Taylor; George Mason President Alan Merten; and Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette hold Arlington County’s final $1 million “check” to the university.
Courtesy Arlington County

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