FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2009



building financed and built by the Union County Improvement Authority
in partnership with the County of Union, Union County College, and City of Elizabeth


ELIZABETH – The Union County Freeholders, the Union County Improvement Authority, the Mayor of the City of Elizabeth, and Union County College officials held a ceremony celebrating the opening of the five-story Elizabeth I. Kellogg Union County College building in midtown Elizabeth today.

The $47 million building, developed by the Union County Improvement Authority, houses degree programs, continuing education offerings, a lecture hall, a state of the art information commons and library, and serves as the new home for the Trinitas School of Nursing. The top floor is the new headquarters of the College's customized training arm, the Industry-Business Institute (IBI), and is the location of the Dr. Thomas H. Brown Center for Business and Educational Advancement which houses a conference center and office suites that are available for ecomonic development offices.

The building will serve as many as 8,300 students, including 2,300 from the Trinitas School of Nursing. The Union County Improvement Authority has financed the project, and the State of New Jersey will also contribute $19 million.

“With this new facility, we are expanding educational opportunities for our residents,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “I would like to thank our many partners, including the Union County Improvement Authority, who took the lead on its construction and financing.”

Charlotte DeFilippo, the Chairman of the Union County Improvement Authority, thanked the Freeholder Board for their support.

“This brand new state-of-the-art facility will educate a generation of our residents, raise their living standards and improve their quality of life,” DeFilippo said. “When we invest in education, we invest in our future.”

Mayor Chris Bollwage hailed the construction of the new facility as part of the ongoing revitalization that has occurred in Elizabeth over the past decade.