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Governor Bullock tours MSU's Romney Hall, discusses future renovations

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 14 2013 06:41:02 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 09:32:10 PM MST
Governor Bullock tours MSU's Romney Hall, discusses future renovations

Governor Steve Bullock stopped by Montana State University Thursday to talk about a bill that would authorize millions of dollars for major projects at state colleges and universities.

Major projects covered include a new building for Missoula's College of Technology, an addition to the natural resource research center at Montana Tech and renovations at University of Montana Western in Dillon's Main Hall.

We dug into the bill. Montana State University's Romney Hall would get $20 million.

Students, faculty, staff and locals anxiously awaited the Governor's arrival at the Romney Building on Montana State University's campus.

Montana State University President Waded Cruzado showed the governor around the historic gym.

Cruzado says restoring the building would improve the learning environment on campus. She said it's a benefit that could lead to increased graduation rates.

Bullock says the project is just one of many that would benefit Montana's colleges. He said important to give back to the institutions that reach so many.

According to Bullock, "Investments that will make it so a hundred years from now somebody can say with this Romney Building, built in 1922, the legislature was wise enough to say let's invest and make sure it's here a century from now."

The Governor said in the press conference that the money earmarked in the bill would allow for new classrooms, a new gymnasium,  faculty offices and even a new swimming pool.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.