Zanesville City Council is taking steps to bring a conferencing campus to the city.
Monday, they passed an ordinance allowing the city to be named as a grant applicant for Shinnick Street improvement projects. The projects include an addition to the Welcome Center which is estimated to bring in 4,000,000 dollars annually to the local economy. One of the biggest incentives for this project is that it won't cost the city a dime.
"This is a grant being awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation. They provide 80 percent. They needed a 20 percent match. The Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority has agreed to provide that 20 percent match," said Vicki King, MCCFA.
The facility would allow for business expositions, public shows and cultural displays and performances, giving Zanesville and Muskingum County an economic boom. City Councilman Jeff Tilton Supports revitalizing downtown and says this is just one way they are doing it.
"They're going to work on street scapes and make better sidewalks, curbs, brick inlay in between the sidewalk and the curb. They are going to put trees and benches in. It's something for everyone," said Tilton.
The next phase of the project will be design, development and marketing the new facility.
In other council news, council passed a 1-year contract for city police secretaries and records clerks along with providing 7,500 dollars to the Muskingum Economic Opportunity Action Group.