June 17, 2009
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
The big day is coming.
On August 1, we move our Boise campus to our new ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, just north of Interstate-84 between Meridian and Locust Grove roads. The new location is in the heart of Meridian's health science and technology corridor, a dynamic 1,800-acre enterprise zone called THE CORE.
We are pleased to join with dozens of private businesses and Joint School District No. 2 as the City of Meridian leads the effort on this important initiative, which captured national attention in a recent issue of Architect Magazine.
A goal of THE CORE is to recruit and nurture new industries connected to health, science, research and technology—a perfect fit for ISU's academic offerings in the Treasure Valley, which include more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs in the health professions and sciences.
THE CORE will have the potential to create thousands of high-paying jobs in the health care and technology sectors—jobs that will stay right here in Idaho and sustain our economy for decades to come.
According to the Idaho Department of Labor, we will need those jobs to care for a growing and aging population. Pharmacists, nurses and dental hygienists are a few of the health professionals who will be in highest demand through 2016. ISU—the state's lead university in health professions education—is prepared to meet the challenge.
I invite you to join us, along with Gov. Butch Otter, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, and developer Dennis Baker, for the official launch of THE CORE, Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Meridian Joint School District No. 2 Service Center, 1303 E. Central Drive. A discussion of THE CORE's impact on the workforce and Idaho economy will precede the ceremony at 1 p.m.
We look forward to this remarkable venture with our Meridian partners. It is an honor to educate the hundreds of health care professionals our state so desperately needs, conduct research that will improve the lives of Idahoans, and start a powerful engine that will drive our economy well into the 21st century.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University