SC university short on private funds for center

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - The University of South Carolina is struggling to come up with the $23 million in private money it is supposed to raise to match state funding used for two buildings in its Innovista research campus.

The State newspaper reported Sunday that the university blames two developers who failed to complete promised buildings.

Two researchers hired for the high-tech research campus say they have been left without proper equipment because the state is withholding $14 million intended to outfit labs and offices.

South Carolina's other research universities - Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina - have met their requirements and received more than $70 million each in state funding.

USC has received $58 million despite being short on private fundraising.

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