Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett joined state and local officials this morning at a groundbreaking ceremony for Lehigh County’s future Joint Operations, Community Education and Medico-Legal Forensics Center.
Tentatively scheduled to open in spring 2014, the 68,000-square-foot center will serve as a home to Cetronia Ambulance Corps, as well as the county’s emergency and forensics operations.
“This building is a symbol. It is a symbol of how state, how county, and how local government can work together to provide for public safety, to provide a core function of government,” Corbett said.
The $8.2 million project is funded, in part, with a $1.75 million state grant obtained through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
It was announced today that a communications center within the South Whitehall Township facility will be named for the late John E. Walson, former president and CEO of Service Electric. His son and daughter were on hand to present the first installment of a multiyear investment in the center that will total $350,000, officials said.