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Rahm, Quinn Announce New Olive-Harvey Facility

Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn will announce a major investment in Chicago’s College of Careers Initiative

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Rahm, Quinn Announce New Olive-Harvey Facility

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn are expected to announce a new facility at Olive-Harvey in the city's Cottage Grove neighborhood.

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Olive-Harvey College got some good news Tuesday from local leaders.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced the construction of the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) Center at Olive-Harvey College as part of the City Colleges’ College to Careers initiative. 

The state provided $31.6 million in funding for the $42.2 million project, expected to create nearly 300 construction jobs. 

“This shared investment reflects our shared determination to strengthen our economy together,” said Emanuel in a statement.

“By investing in our community colleges, we can better prepare Illinois residents with the skills they need to compete for these high-technology jobs,” Quinn said.

The 200,000-square-foot building is expected to include a high-tech warehouse, laboratories, workshops, classrooms and virtual reality facilities. It will replace temporary classroom space adjacent from the main building. 

The new facility aims to help prepare college graduates for jobs in ground, air and rail transport, multi-model distribution and logistics.

The lift comes from a $10.6 million cash infusion for college renovations and new career-related efforts.

Malcolm X also received part of the financial boost, for renovations to replace the 41-year old building. The reopening is set for spring 2015.  

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