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Construction progresses on A-State campus in Mexico

Steel beams being installed at at Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro site in Mexico. (Source: Arkansas State University) Steel beams being installed at at Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro site in Mexico. (Source: Arkansas State University)
Construction workers install concrete footings. (Source: Arkansas State University) Construction workers install concrete footings. (Source: Arkansas State University)
Mexican and A-State officials meet in the Governor's Conference room in Little Rock with Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Source: Arkansas State University) Mexican and A-State officials meet in the Governor's Conference room in Little Rock with Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Source: Arkansas State University)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Construction is building on the new $75 million Arkansas State University campus in Queretaro, Mexico.

Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro (ASUCQ), a private business foundation in Mexico, has acquired 2,125 acres for a comprehensive community development plan, according to a news release Thursday from A-State.

The 370-acre A-State campus will be the focal point of the project, which will include commercial, residential and recreational components for up to 70,000 residents.

In recent weeks, government leaders from Queretaro visited Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Jonesboro campus for updates and discussions about the partnership.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Rick Stripling and Chief Information Officer Henry Torres also met in Queretaro with newly elected Gov. Francisco Dominguez and toured the construction site.

“The campus layout is now visible with substantial earth work completed, steel beams going up for the Student Union and multiple levels of infrastructure being installed,” Hudson said.

Completion of the first phase of the campus is expected in 2017.

A video highlighting construction progress can be viewed by clicking here.

Photo: Pictured in the Governor’s Conference room at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock are (from left) Chuck Welch, President of the Arkansas State University System; Edmundo Ortiz, general director of ASUCQ; Alfredo Botello, Secretary of Education for the State of Queretaro; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Eduardo Presa, Director of Government Innovation and Global Affairs for Queretaro; Belinda Salazar, executive for Servicios Independientes de Consultoria; Ricardo Gonzalez, Chairman of ASUCQ and CEO of Servicios Independientes de Consultoria; and Tim Hudson, Chancellor of Arkansas State University

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