On September 29, 2004, Corrections Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D., and General Services Secretary Donald T. Cunningham Jr. joined approximately 150 local, state and federal officials and dignitaries to formally dedicate the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Forest, Forest County. The new, state-of-the-art maximum-security prison, which is situated on approximately 64 acres (260,000 m2), was scheduled to begin housing adult male inmates in October or November 2004. Built at a cost of $138 million, the prison houses approximately 2,200 inmates and employs 650 individuals at full operation. According to state officials, the prison represents great opportunity for economic revitalization in Forest County and the surrounding communities.