Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 12, 2012

Dental school to be new industrial park’s first tenant

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A dental school will be the first tenant of a new industrial park located along U.S. Route 460 in Tazewell County, a county consultant announced today.

Frank Kilgore, a consultant hired by Tazewell County, released a statement today announcing that central Appalachia’s only dental school will be established at the Bluestone Regional Business and Industrial Park in Tazewell County, Va.

Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer issued a statement after the Tazewell County Industrial Authority met Wednesday.

“The Tazewell County IDA had a meeting this afternoon at which time they approved entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors and Bluefield College for a new academic program which will be unveiled Friday at 10 a.m. at the Bluestone. At which time there will be a press conference and the M.O.U. will be signed at that time,” Spencer said.

“An outside consultant for the IDA released notice of this event and that was an unauthorized release because all the parties involved wanted to wait until Friday to announce this project. The construction on the Bluestone is still ongoing, therefore access to the event will be somewhat limited as to where the attendees to the event will be allowed to go. This is to protect the safety of the attendees and the contractor,” Spencer said.

“It is our goal to host an open house at the Bluestone for the general public once the contractor is finished and has demobilized from the site,” Spencer said.

Officials with Bluefield College could not be reached for comment late Wednesday evening.

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