(EVANSVILLE) - The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has given final approval of two million dollars to the planning of the new Indiana University medical facility in Evansville.
Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says the commission had already approved the money but it had to go through a complicated process to receive final approval. She says it's now up to the State Budget Committee to release the money, which should be voted on next month.
IU announced last month it had chosen Evansville for the new regional campus of its School of Medicine. It's a project in partnership with the University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech and the University of Evansville.
Lubbers says Evansville is excited about the two million dollars because it means they can begin the planning for the new facility, which is expected to cost 70-million dollars.
The campus is expected to open in 2017.
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