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The University of Maine System's proposed Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies received a significant boost from the Harold Alfond Foundation, which announced Tuesday a $7.5 million challenge grant toward a total $150 million capital investment that includes a new $93.6 million building and a $45 million endowment. As Maine Center CEO Eliot Cutler told Mainebiz last fall when the plan was unveiled, the proposal seeks to turn around what he describes as two intertwined problems: a decade-long decline in enrollment among all UMaine system graduate programs and the impact that trend might be having on workforce challenges encountered by Maine employers and communities struggling to find high-skill professional workers.
Do you agree that putting together graduate programs in law, business and public policy under one roof will have "a transformative impact" on the state's economy?