Governor releases funds for tech center

WAIMEA—Gov. Ben Cayetano Tuesday announced that he will soon release $1

million to begin work on Phase II of the West Kaua’i Technology & Visitors

Center.

That’s half the amount that was appropriated for the project last

year by the state Legislature and about one-quarter of the projected $4 million

cost.

The balance of the funding is expected to come from federal and

private sources.

Gary Baldwin, spokesman for the Kaua’i Economic

Development Board, backers of the project, said the state funds will be used

for site acquisition and site work.

KEDB’s goal, he said, is to acquire

land adjoining the site of the Technology & Visitors Center in Waimea. KEDB

representatives Alton Miyamoto, Hollis Crozier and Mel Ventura will be

directing work on the project.

Tenants already committed to leasing space

in the new building include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln

Laboratory, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

Baldwin said he is “very,

very happy” that Cayetano has agreed to release the funding.

Cayetano said

he supports the project fully.

“We have a superior telecommunications

infrastructure, a time zone that permits business to be transacted in New York

and Tokyo in the same day, a well-educated workforce and an incomparable

quality of life,” the Governor said.

For these reasons and more, he said,

he is convinced that Hawai’i has a strong future in high-technology.

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