AEDC Purchases Building as Future Home for WT Amarillo Center

CANYON -- On Tuesday, the city commission approved the purchase of the former Commerce building by the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). The building, located at 720 S. Tyler, will undergo renovations and when completed, AEDC will turn the stand-alone structure over to the University as a facility for the WTAMU Amarillo Center.

"AEDC is always happy to play a role in the redevelopment of downtown Amarillo, and refurbishing the Commerce Building for the WTAMU Amarillo Center goes hand-in-hand with our mission to building a stronger economy," Buzz David, AEDC president and CEO, said. "West Texas A&M University is invaluable to the Panhandle region for its impact on the work force and overall quality of life, and AEDC is proud to support continued growth of the WTAMU Amarillo Center."

Dr. Paul Matney, president of Amarillo College, and Dr. J. Patrick O'Brien, WTAMU president, have agreed to the renewal of the Destination WT partnership agreement between AC and WTAMU. The original agreement was signed in 2010 to save participating community college students time and money when taking the next step toward their educational goals.

"The response to the Amarillo Center over the past six years has been overwhelming," O'Brien said. "We started with two floors and quickly added a third floor, but increasing enrollments and the addition of new programs requires additional space. Having the extra space in a stand-alone building is an exciting venture not only for the University but also for our students and the community. It also makes a statement that WT has a permanent presence in Amarillo. We are thankful to AEDC for helping make this a reality and to Dr. Matney and Amarillo College for their continued partnership with WT."

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