A. With such funds as are appropriated or made available for this purpose, there is hereby created and constituted, in Southside Virginia, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth to be known as the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, hereinafter referred to as the “Institute.” The Institute shall be founded by Averett University, Danville Community College, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
1. Seek to diversify the Dan River Region’s economy by engaging the resources of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partnership with Danville Community College and Averett University and public and private bodies and organizations of the region and state.
3. Provide a site for the development of the technology and trained workforce necessary for new economic enterprises to flourish in Southside Virginia through the teaching, research, outreach, and technology available from its partner institutions.
4. Expand access to higher education in Southside Virginia by providing for adult and continuing education, workforce training and development, and degree-granting programs, including undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, through partnerships with the Commonwealth’s private and public institutions of higher education, the City of Danville, County of Pittsylvania, the public schools, and the public and private sectors in the region.
2002, cc. 581, 620.