Osborne explained that there will be several benefits, including improving the Lubbock workforce, since graduates of community colleges tend to say in the area they went to school. It will also provide an opportunity for more citizens, who cannot travel to Hockley county, to go to school more locally. And finally, it will also be a pipeline for Texas Tech to grow, especially since students can be enrolled in both campuses at the same time.
"Long term, the surface parking plan for Citizens Tower is not enough parking spaces. Now, could we proceed with the plan we have and have enough parking spaces when we open? Yes. But do we want to spend the money on that surface parking lot and then come back in 2 or 3 years and tear it back up? To me that doesn't make sense. So we are considering some type of parking structure. There have been no decisions made at this point." He went on to say, "We hope that we can make a decision on if we're going to do some type of parking structure by the end of this month."