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Emily Ford, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As the federal government awarded the N.C. Research Campus $1 million Thursday, one federal official acknowledged that he’d doubted the life sciences complex in Kannapolis would come to fruition.

"A number of us thought it wouldn’t be done," said Dr. Roger Beachy, a leader in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food & Agriculture, commended Research Campus founder David Murdock for envisioning the campus and convincing the state and the University of North Carolina system to partner with him. The campus includes branches of seven public universities.

"To have the vision is one thing," Beachy said. "But to have all of you endorse it is truly remarkable."

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