The Main Street America Group has donated a gift of land to Keene State
College for the creation of a new health and wellness center which will
support the greater Keene, N.H. community.
(from left to right) Keene, N.H., Mayor Kendall Lane, Main Street America Group CEO Tom Van Berkel and Keene State College President Jay Kahn at a ceremony to mark Main Street America's donation of 2.7 acres to Keene State as the site of the school's new health and wellness center. (Photo: Business Wire)
Specifically, the donated 2.7-acre parcel is the super regional
property/casualty insurance company's auxiliary parking lot on Gilbo
Avenue in Keene. Until construction begins, Main Street America will
lease back the land from Keene State so its employees can continue to
use the lot for parking.
Keene was the home office of Main Street America until 2005 (when the
company redomesticated to Florida) and remains the company's largest
facility with nearly half of its 850 employees based there. It is
currently the headquarters for Main Street America's New England Region
as well as many of its corporate functions.
"Our company has played a key role in the Keene community for 90 years
and will continue to be a driver of economic development here," said
Main Street America chairman and chief executive officer Tom Van Berkel
during a ceremony held at the Gilbo Avenue site to mark the land
transfer. "As an organization, we are committed to health and wellness
for our employees. A state-of-the-art facility like this will benefit
everyone who lives and works in Keene." The health and wellness centr's
name will include both Keene State and Main Street America.
Jay Kahn, interim president of Keene State, said, "The Main Street
America Group has been a strong supporter of the College over many years
and initiatives. This generous gift enables us to move forward on our
planning for a health and wellness center on the site. Partnerships
among Main Street America, Keene State and the community demonstrated
through this gift are extremely important to our College's future and
the vitality of our region."
The design of the Keene State health and wellness center will feature a
90,000-square-foot building. The state-of-the art facility will include
a 200-meter indoor track and space for academic programs, including
athletic training, nutrition and nursing. Kahn indicated construction is
expected to begin within the next three to five years.
About The Main Street America Group
With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super
regional insurance company which writes business through nine
property/casualty insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old
Dominion Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, MSA
Insurance Company, Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company Grain Dealers
Mutual Insurance Company, Main Street America Protection Insurance
Company, Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company and Austin Mutual
Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Main Street America
offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance, and fidelity
and surety bond products to individuals, families and businesses
throughout the United States.
With nearly $1 billion in premium written exclusively by 2,000-plus
independent insurance agents, the 89-year-old company insures more than
600,000 policyholders in 30 states and writes bonds in 45 states. A.M.
Best Company rates The Main Street America Group as an "A" (Excellent).
Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®,
the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents &
Brokers of America. Main Street America is also an investor carrier in
the new Consumer Agent Portal. For more information about Main Street
America, please visit www.msagroup.com
or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MainStreetAmerica.
About Keene State College
Keene State College, based in Keene, N.H., is a preeminent public
liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic
programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active
community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates
to meet society's challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively,
and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College,
please visit www.keene.edu.
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