North Dakota State University's proposal for a commodity trading room is coming out of the basement.
The state Board of Higher Education earlier this month approved a fundraising plan for the training center, which originally was set to open this fall in the lower level of a $23.5 million renovated downtown campus building.
Supporters of the project, which would serve as training ground for future commodities traders, thought it deserved to move up in the world. Now the room will get a prominent location on the main floor of the Barry Hall building.
"This has evolved over time," said NDSU professor William Wilson, who teaches commodity marketing. "We've realized that this is probably a better program than I individually thought it would be. That's a good thing."