"It would have never happened if not for the men and women who worked for this agency for years,” Askins said. "You have created a reputation that is above reproach and you have made yourselves accountable for every dollar that the state has given you to spend.
"You have been the example that we needed. You were the ones who made this happen. I was lucky to be your cheerleader.”
There was an abundance of praise for the joint cooperation between the city of Edmond, University of Central Oklahoma and OSBI officials.
Edmond officials originally purchased the land where the center sits across Second Street and the UCO campus. The land was later purchased by the state. Edmond Mayor Dan O'Neil and UCO President Roger Webb both spoke at the ceremony on Thursday with the lieutenant governor.
Slideshow of the new OSBI lab in Edmond