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8/17/05

Midland Backs Texas Tech Presidential Library Bid

Midland College is getting on the Texas Tech Bandwagon, abandoning its own bid to support Lubbock as the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.  The president of Midland College says they simply realized a presidential library is beyond their reach at this point.

Instead, the college will throw its financial support behind Tech and Tech will propose that the Laura Bush Center for Reading Literacy be built at Midland College.  David Miller, Chariman of the West Texas Coalition for the George W. Bush Library, says, "When we proposed the idea to put the Laura Bush Center for Literacy on their campus in exchange for their support, it just clicked.  Midland College President David Daniel says, "We'll do all within our power and means to see that comes to frution."

Daniel says it is the detail of David Millers' proposal that impresses him saying, "How comprehensive it was, covering all fronts, leaving no stone unturned and his obvious devotion and interest in the project."

Daniel believes the proposal will be able to compete with other contenders and now Miller will try to garner the same support from surrounding areas.  Miller says, "It does give us great hope that Amarillo, Abiline and Odessa and the entire West Texas area will start to loop in. We're meeting with them in the next week or so and hopefully we'll have good things to report from them too."

Miller says his proposal will collaborate all of West Texas and that's what makes it unique.  He adds, "There are some ideas that can only be pulled off where we live because of the pioneering spirit we have and the vision we have to demonstrate the values the Bush's took to Washington with them."

Donors have pledged an estimated $25 to $30 million already. A library is expected to cost $200 million or more but not all of that has to come from West Texas.  Miller explains, "We do know money comes internationally and nationally from Bush supporters all over the globe."

David Miller and Texas Tech have until September 15th to get their proposal in. Miller is encouraging everyone to go to wlibrary.com and show their support, give their ideas and even pledge a donation. 3,000 supporters have done so since Monday. 

Congressman Randy Neugebauer is stirring up some support.  Miller says Neugebauer is in contact with a couple of large foundations in Abilene and they are showing interest in some significant gifts.

Website Launched for George W. Bush Library to be at Texas Tech
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