Cultural Event Center Making Progress

by Kelly Choate on February 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

The vision of a campus-wide project is coming together to change the face of downtown Zanesville.

On Thursday the Muskingum County Welcome Center hosted a public meeting to share the progress of the Southeastern Ohio Cultural Event Center.  Executive Director of the Muskingum County Convention Facilities Authority Vicki Maple said after a series of market testing, the facility is entering design development and pre-construction phases.

"Right now we’re about 62% funded for the project, so this next phase is what’s called our community gift campaign, or our outreach campaign, where not only are we continuing to explain the project, but also to secure those naming rights donors, those who are looking to leave a legacy either through honorary contributions or memorial contributions, or just because it makes sense to invest in the community this way," said Maple.

Maple said that $5.5 million of the estimated $11.2 million project will come from tax anticipation revenue bonds.  She said the center will complement what’s going on at Secrest Auditorium and John McIntire Library.

"Last year alone we hosted 301 events, and those ranged from public consumer shows and trade shows, to concerts and anything arts and culture related, to business meetings, seminars and even a few private parties along the way," said Maple.

The Southeastern Ohio Cultural Event Center could become the premier facility between Columbus and Pittsburgh.