Butler County Community College has officially announced that they will have a presence in downtown Butler that is personal as well as symbolic. BC3 President Dr. Nick Neupauer:
“It will be an office space location in ANR; it’s the second floor which overlooks the Main Street of Butler. There will be a BC3 sign which we think is incredibly important symbolically if nothing else to say that we are a key partner. We will be moving our coordinator of leadership initiatives, Tracy Hack, to that location.”
BC3 plans to join the Alliance for Non-Profit Resources at 127 South Main Street in Butler in early August. BC3 will be able to occupy the office at no charge for six months then provide free training for ANR and Center for Community Resources employees as part of an agreement to remain in the building for minimal cost.
This move is all part of BC3’s strategic plan to enhance community engagement while serving as educator and convener for community partners seeking to revitalize the downtown Butler area. As Neupauer explains, this is just the first step in what could be a larger presence.
“We’re hoping this time next year that we will be launching a living and learning community. We have a lot of students who attend BC3 that have apartments in the downtown area and we’re thinking that a next step as part of this initiative would be to partner and work with certain landlords in the downtown for perhaps a discounted lease rate or rent rate for our students.”
The Nonprofit Development Corporation owns the building in which BC3 will be based and space is available if BC3 chooses to expand downtown in the future.
Written by Ryan Saeler