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New Media Production Center at Georgia State University

November 21,2014

Georgia State University will revitalize an area adjacent to Woodruff Park by creating a media production center for education, research and entrepreneurship and partnerships with the Georgia film, music, games and arts industries. [05_CUBE_EXT_2]

The media center will house the university’s new Creative Media Industries Institute, an interdisciplinary institute introduced this fall to build on the university’s strengths in media production, research, design, the arts, music management and digital publishing by preparing students for careers that transcend traditional degree programs.

A $22.8 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation—the largest in the university’s history— will fund, in part, the renovation of three-story structure formerly owned by SunTrust Bank at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Park Place and major facility and streetscape improvements to the surrounding area.

“This is a transformative gift for our media and creative arts programs and will accelerate our ability to incubate new media companies,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “It is also a major step forward with our Woodruff Park District plan that is helping to reshape downtown.”

The media center will complete an academic corridor Georgia State has created on Park Place across from Woodruff Park. The university’s purchase of 55 Park Place has created new homes for the Robinson College of Business and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Georgia State’s College of Law will relocate to a newly constructed building at Park Place and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue in the spring. The College of Arts and Sciences is in its new home at 25 Park Place on the same corridor from Edgewood Avenue to John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

“The clustering of these programs around Woodruff Park will create an exceptional setting for educational and entrepreneurial collaboration,” Becker said.