December 4, 2006
Jackson Kelly PLLC has pledged $125,000 to The Library Foundation's Open a Modern Classic capital campaign, which is solely designated toward the new building projects for the Kanawha County Public Library system. This contribution comes only two weeks after Appalachian Power announced a $500,000 contribution.
A.L. Emch, Jackson Kelly chief executive officer, said, "Jackson Kelly is proud to support the Kanawha County Public Library System and its Open a Modern Classic Campaign. The Firm appreciates the fundamental importance of nurturing literacy in our culture and society, and understands well the critical role that our public library system plays in that effort. All of us at Jackson Kelly are very pleased to make this contribution to an institution of such enduring value and importance." Mike Albert, who is a Jackson Kelly attorney, is currently the board president for Kanawha County Public Library.
The total library project is expected to cost approximately $50 million, which includes site acquisition, construction and other expenses for the Main Library, and $10 million for branch improvements throughout Kanawha County. Over the next several years, the board also intends to pursue new facilities for the Marmet and Elk Valley areas, renovations to the Dunbar and St. Albans libraries and expansions at the Cross Lanes and Sissonville branches.
"Our momentum for this important project just continues to grow, and we are quite pleased to be able to announce this gift from Jackson Kelly. This law firm is so supportive of all of the library's initiatives, and we are most grateful they have decided to embrace this project in such a remarkable and generous way," said Ginny George, campaign coordinator and volunteer for the project.
As a part of project's financing strategy, the Library Board intends to seek funding through a combination of city, county, state and federal funding, including a bond referendum, a very important phase of the project. Library officials anticipate that 50 percent of the money will come from public funding, and the balance will be raised from private sources. With this most recent donation, the total raised thus far is more than $9 million. The project should be completed in five to seven years.