Members of the Glasgow Renaissance On Main Project Steering Committee voted earlier this week to support the idea of developing a downtown event center.

The idea to bring such a facility to Glasgow was included in the committee’s goals and objectives for the upcoming year, and because of that the committee can officially apply for state and federal funding for the project, Dr. Rhonda Riherd Trautman, director of Glasgow’s Renaissance on Main program, said.

Mayor Darrell Pickett, an ex-officio member of the committee, has been discussing the idea with council members for quite some time, and even explored the possibility of purchasing a building.

“I have a building in mind that I think would be an ideal location,” Pickett said. “However, the council thinks it will cost too much money.”

The location of the building was not disclosed during the committee meeting.

Pickett stressed that the facility would not be considered a convention center.

“But we do need some type of location to host events,” he said.

Trautman agreed and said, “I think it would be a boost to the downtown area. I think it’s a good idea.”

Bill Bucher, president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce, said he felt the Chamber’s board of directors could take similar action and endorse the idea for such a facility as well.

GINA KINSLOW can be reached at gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com or (270) 678-5171, ext. 230.

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