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Advisory: Event set for fifth anniversary for Johnson County Education Research Triangle

Mon, 04/21/2014

WHAT: The Johnson County Education Research Triangle was a one-eighth cent sales tax passed by Johnson County voters in November 2008 with the goal to create economic stimulus and a higher quality of life through new facilities for research and additional academic degree opportunities. The vote was the first time in the nation voters approved a local sales tax for life sciences and higher education initiatives. Now, positive results are ready to be shared by the Triangle partners The University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Edwards Campus and Kansas State University Olatheat a five-year community update event.

The Kansas Board of Regents, Triangle Authority Board, Kansas State University and KU are sponsoring the event.

WHO:

  • Community members
  • Business and community leaders
  • Staff, faculty, administrators of the Triangle institutions
  • Supporters instrumental in the Johnson County Research Triangle initiative

Speakers during the event include (listed in order of agenda):

  • Mary Birch, government relations, Lathrop and Gage LLP
  • Fred Logan, chair, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Ed Eilert, chairman, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and chairman, Triangle Authority Board
  • Kirk Schultz, president, Kansas State University
  • Roy Jensen, director, KU Clinical Research Center
  • Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor, University of Kansas

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 23

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

7:55 a.m. Program begins

WHERE:

Ritz Charles Conference Center, 137th Street, Overland Park

WHY: An economic effects study of the tax money utilized by the Triangle institutions will be unveiled as well as information on what the future holds for the three campuses. To date, nearly $72 million has been forwarded to the three Triangle institutions.

NOTE: The speakers will be available for media interviews immediately following the breakfast.



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