- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The University of Central Arkansas says the local utility system has pledged $3 million for construction and renovation work at its Lewis Science Center.

The gift from Conway Corp. was announced Monday after it was approved previously by the city-owned utility’s board of directors.

UCA President Tom Courtway called the gift one of the most significant developments in the school’s history. The money will help build state-of-the-art labs and scientific facilities for students.

The gift will be paid out in five annual installments of $600,000, beginning in 2016. Among other work, the school will build a 50,000-square-foot addition.

Conway Corp. was founded in 1929 as the city risked losing a pair of other colleges in the city. It began operating the electric utility and then branched out into other services.

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