Congratulations to Taylor University. It is good to see evangelical colleges serving the common good and loving their neighbors in this way.
Here is Kathryn Post at Religion News Service:
Taylor University, a leading evangelical institution about an hour northeast of Indianapolis, received $30 million to bolster local infrastructure, the university announced Tuesday (Jan. 2). The grant, which is the largest in the university’s history, is funded by Lilly Endowment as part of its College and Community Collaboration initiative, which also awarded grants ranging in size to five other Indiana colleges and universities.
“For us, this is about much more than economic and community development; it’s about living into our unique calling as a place that seeks to honor God in all things,” Taylor University president Michael Lindsay told Religion News Service via email.
With its brick buildings and grassy slopes, Taylor University’s campus is perhaps the most distinctive destination in rural Upland, Indiana. The town’s 3 square miles also include a small downtown with a café, library, town hall and a Subway restaurant, but the community lacks housing and hospitality options, and Main Street, the mile stretch connecting campus and downtown, features cracked sidewalks, poor lighting and potholed roads.
Funded in part by the grant, Taylor University’s Main Street Mile Initiative will create dining, retail and startup space in downtown Upland and will expand the town library. On the campus side of town, the initiative will build a residential development for those 55 and older, a college inn and additional long-term visitor housing. The Main Street connecting campus and downtown will be repaved and will feature expanded sidewalks and enhanced lighting. The grant will also extend local trails and launch three related academic programs at the university: Construction Management, Entrepreneurship and Community Development, and Hospitality.
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