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      Albany State president schools rotary club on economic impact

      Dr. Everette Freeman, president for Albany State University, spoke before the Dougherty County Rotary Club about the economic impact of the university on the community.ASU has created agreements with Albany Technical College to provide Fire Technology program graduates a seamless segway into ASU's Bachelor Applied Science Degree program.Dr. Freeman says the ASU STEM Initiative has six students in dental school, and 16 students in pharmacy school.He says partnerships within the community has made Albany a "College Town". This suggests that the city has cultural experiences to draw people in.During the presentation to the Dougherty County Rotary Club, Dr. Freeman asked community leaders to help get the governor and general assembly to fund $28,000,000 for a new Fine Arts Building. He says this is an investment into the community.Locals are urged to enact a letter writing campaign to spread the word that the community is in support of having this facility become a part of the city.Dr. Freeman also asked for financial support to provide scholarships to students."You never know who's going to be next big leader in our community," says Dr. Freeman.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!