Dalton State College's long-awaited academic building took a giant step forward toward becoming a reality this week.
The Georgia Legislature voted to approve the Senate and House Conference Committee budget of $19.3 billion for fiscal year 2013, which includes $15 million for construction of the classroom/laboratory building.
The budget now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature and Dalton State President John Schwenn said he hopes construction could begin as soon as fall 2012.
Earlier this year, the North Georgia college received bad news when Deal cut the academic building along with 10 other construction projects worth about $40 million for the University of Georgia from the budget.
In May, the Legislature had approved more than $8 million to pay for half of the new academic building with funding from bonds.
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