WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University continues to believe that it is appropriate and necessary for the University to be an active and constructive participant in development efforts conducted by its host community; and

WHEREAS, Pennies for Progress is the name of the York County Capital Projects Sales and Use Tax Program initiated to further the development of the County's transportation infrastructure, emphasizing safety, connectivity, prosperity, and quality of life and providing the area with a safer and more efficient roadway system; and

WHEREAS, York County remains among the fastest growing counties in the U.S., and the Pennies for Progress program has been and can continue to be a pivotal means of keeping up with transportation infrastructure needs created by that growth; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have examined the proposed third Pennies for Progress project's impact on Winthrop University including the planned pedestrian safety improvements along Cherry Road and Oakland Avenue and find that proposed changes will simultaneously improve safety and increase the overall attractiveness of the area for visitors, current and prospective students, and residents of Rock Hill and our campus; and

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Executive Committee recommends to the full Board of Trustees the complete support of the proposed 2011 Pennies for Progress project.

July 11, 2011