The City of Clarksburg made a formal presentation today, August 25th, 2016 to the Harrison County Commission on behalf of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center.
Representing the city were City Manager Martin Howe, Assistant City Manager Anthony Bellotte, Mayor Catherine Goings, Vice Mayor James Malfregeot and Finance Director Kim Karakiozis. Also in attendance to show support, former Commissioner and Capital Campaign Steering Committee Member Jim Smith.
Led by City Manager Martin Howe, the presentation included an overview of the project, financial breakdown (click here to see full Economic Impact Report prepared by WVU College of Business & Economics), video animation as well as question and answer session.
The Robinson Grand Renovation and Restoration Project will have a county-wide positive economic impact. Per the recent Economic Impact Report conducted by the WVU College of Business & Economics, there will be a $32 million impact throughout the first five (5) years of operation. This direct impact will be throughout Harrison County and potentially the surrounding area.
The partnership between the Harrison County Commission and the cities of Bridgeport and Clarksburg resulted in commissioning a 2012 Market Research Study by Mark Blankenship Enterprises, which demonstrated that a majority of those surveyed strongly supported the creation of a Cultural Center within the North Central West Virginia region. Furthermore, the report showed 88 percent of those interviewed would support and utilize the Cultural Center if located within the Clarksburg/Bridgeport area.
The project is to be funded by 2016 Series A Bond, Capital Campaign, New Market Tax Credits and Historical Tax Credits, both State and Federal.
All commissioners were enthusiastic about the project and noted the need for such a project to the Harrison County area.
Former Commissioner and Robinson Grand Capital Campaign Steering Committee Member Jim Smith stated, “The performing arts center is viable to Harrison County and the Commission plays an important role in that.” He continued, “The City of Clarksburg is the county seat and I hope they will join our efforts in bringing culture and arts to Harrison County.”
The City of Clarksburg hopes to build a sustainable future for the community and add to the quality of life by embracing the culture and arts.