University of Wisconsin River Falls SciTech

University of Wisconsin-River Falls' proposed 72,000-square-foot Science and Technology Innovation Center, or SciTech, is proposed for the current footprint of Hagestad Hall. Image courtesy of UW-River Falls

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls received vital support today for its proposed Science and Technology Innovation Center.

The Wisconsin Legislature Joint Committee on Finance voted Wednesday, June 9, 2021, to include a $111.73 million request toward the $116.73 million SciTech project in the state’s 2021-23 capital budget. 

“The commitment will allow UWRF to move forward with plans to replace its terribly outdated science facilities and offer a unique university/business collaboration hub that will benefit our students and local employers alike,” Interim Chancellor Connie Foster said. “We will actively be exploring options regarding the additional $5 million in gifts and grants required for the project, having already benefited from a $1 million challenge gift from UWRF alumni entrepreneurs Jeff and Kristi Cernohous.”

Foster thanked Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, for his support at the Legislature and noted his role on the Joint Finance Committee, adding that he understands the value of the project to the campus and to western Wisconsin.

“This investment in UW-River Falls and in the UW System is an expression of confidence in the role our university plays in the future of the state. We look forward to continuing to work with our legislators and the Governor’s Office as the biennial budget makes its way forward in the state process,” Foster said.


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