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Name Knicely Institute for Economic Development (WKU)
Details Other names of building - Bowling Green Mall; Economic Development Center
Puchased: 1990
Puchase cost: $3.5 million

Namesake - Carroll Knicely, born 1929 Staunton, Virginia and died 2006 Glasgow, Kentucky. Knicely was the editor, publisher and eventual owner of the Glasgow Daily Times. In 1976 he became a member of the WKU Board of Regents. Governor Julian Carroll asked Knicely to serve as commerce commissioner. During Martha Layne Collins administration Knicely became Secretary of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, a position he continued in under Governor Wallace Wilkinson. He and his wife, Evelyn donated the seed money for the Institute for Economic Development.

History - In 1990 the EDC received $3.5 million to purchase and renovate the old Bowling Green Mall on Nashville Rd. Before that, the EDC was housed in several buildings around campus. "The EDC is made up of Western's Center for Industry and Technology, the Center for Local Government Services, the Small Business Development Center, the social research laboratory, the Small Business Institute and Western's continuing education programs." ["Center Renovations to Begin Soon," July 10, 1990]

College Heights Herald:

Asbestos Has to be Removed from New Home, Sep. 9, 1993

Budget Will Decide Fate of Institute, Feb. 27, 1990

Center Helps Area Farmer Determine How to Improve His Hay Crop, Aug. 28, 1990

Center Receives Its Third Largest Grant - $600,000, Oct. 30, 1990

Governor Wallace Wilkinson Trims Budget Request for Institute to $3.5 Million, Jan. 11, 1990

Idea to Bring Retirees Home Gets a Boost, Apr. 5, 1994

Institute to Be Housed in Property on Nashville Road if Purchase Goes Through, Aug. 29, 1989

Institute for Economic Development May Move Into New Home in 1993, Sept. 1, 1992

Institute Sponsors South-Link 2000; Program Seeks to Promote Countywide Leadership, Sept. 17, 1991

Joint Venture Between TVA and Western's Institute, Called South-Link 2000, Could Mean a New Beginning for Allen County, Sep. 11, 1990

Seven Businessmen Will Guide New Institute Into Its First Year of Business," Aug. 21, 1990

Seven People Prominent in Various Fields of Economic Development Selected to Serve on Institute's Advisory Board, Apr. 26, 1990

Stephen House is Named the Center's Official Director, Apr. 2, 1991

Tax Proposal Improves Center's Funding Chances, Mar. 15, 1990

Two Western Chemistry Professors Wei-Ping Pan and John Riley, In Cooperation With KAEC, Work to Design a New Steam Production System, Nov. 13, 1990

Western Buys Bowling Green Center for $700,000 to House Institute for Economic Development, Jan. 9, 1990

Western Receives a $50,000 State Grant to Begin Planning New Economic Center, Sep. 7, 1989

Western Will Spur Growth Area, April 17, 1990

Western's Institute to Sponsor Second of Five 'Innovational Series' Teleconferences Dec. 4, Nov. 7, 1991

Western's Proposed Institute Was Discussed at Economic Development Conference at the Ag Expo Center, Sep. 21, 1989

Park City Daily News - 1990 July 10; October 2
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UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

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Unidentified Staff - Public Affairs (WKU)

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Knicely Institute for Economic Development - Unknown

Architectural rendering of the Knicely Institute for Economic Development.

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Knicely Institute for Economic Development - Lewis, Clinton

Carroll Knicely Institute for Economic Development