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Potter Center bill advances in Minnesota Senate


Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, and state Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, who both represent the city of Chatfield, recently presented legislation before the Senate Economic Development Budget Division that would create 140 jobs and boost economic development in southeastern Minnesota through the renovation of the Potter Center for the Arts. This bill would provide $4.7 million in state bonding to accompany the local support that has already been pledged for this project.

During the presentation of this bill, Joel Young, the city clerk of Chatfield, testified on the positive impacts that this project will have on the community's economy.

"The Potter Center for the Arts is a tourism and economic development project," explained Young. "A recent analysis suggests that it would result in more than $7 million additional tourism spending in the area. In addition to the 140-plus jobs that will be created by the project, it is anticipated that the center would provide the spark to spur private sector investment in our struggling Main Street and throughout the region."

The Chatfield School District has committed the land and buildings for this project. The city of Chatfield compiled research and funded the permitting for the project, along with pledging responsibility for the center's construction and operation. In addition, more than 100 volunteers and 20 organizations have worked together to create the vision for this family-oriented performing and visual arts venue.

"This is a southeastern Minnesota regional partnership between the city of Chatfield, private investors, and the Chatfield School District - all who are committed to enhancing cultural opportunities and build up the economy," said Sen. Ropes. "With this investment from the state, the local efforts to create jobs and promote tourism could

get underway."

The Potter Center for the Arts is eligible for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed project would convert the gymnasium/auditorium, originally constructed in 1934, into a state-of-the-art performing venue. The center's 1916 building would be renovated to provide a community/events center on the first floor and a space for regional arts organizations on the second floor.

"Residents of southeastern Minnesota have enjoyed plays, concerts, and musicals at the Potter auditorium for over 75 years," said Sen. Lynch. "The quality of shows hosted and beautiful h .....
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Harmony city council discusses lighting options

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

There were a lot of lights and lighting upgrades on the agenda of the Harmony City Council meeting February 9. Stuart Morem of Morem Electric had given the council estimates for new lighting in the Community Center. He gave prices for doing each hal ..... 
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Five-person tourism committee established by Spring Valley city council

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

A few weeks ago the Spring Valley City Council set up a Tourism Committee that would deal specifically with issues involving tourism. They would have a budget, operate the Visitor Information Center and coordinate advertising promoting Spring Valley ..... 
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Davids and Poppe comment on the 2010 legislative session

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The 2010 Minnesota legislative session convened on February 4. Without a doubt the greatest area of contention, and the area with the least room to maneuver for both sides, is the budget. In November a forecast was made of a $1.2 billion deficit. Fi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward with Potter

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield councilors approved the Redevelopment Plan for Potter renovation, the title transfer from the Chatfield School District to the Chatfield EDA, along with financial and outside maintenance support and bookkeeping services, at their February ..... 
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Preston discusses proposed parking ordinance

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman and Police Chief Matt Schultz offered revisions to the city's parking ordinance at the city council's February 1 meeting. Hoffman made it known that he didn't expect any action this day, but he expected there to be an ..... 
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Working the bugs out of Fountain plant

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported a few problems at the new waste water treatment plant that still need a little tweaking to get everything working just right at the Fountain City Council's February 4 meeting. He said the equipment and readi ..... 
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