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Owensboro To Build Bluegrass Center

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Evansville Courier & Press
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Ground is expected to be broken later this month on the International Bluegrass Music Center in downtown Owensboro. 

The city has already pledged three million dollars to the project and now Daviess County says it’s contributing a total of 500-thousand dollars over the next five years. 

County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says the music center will be the next step in the development of downtown that already includes the new convention center and two new hotels.

“This area, this block – an entire block – sits right at the end of that corridor. It certainly will be an attraction to people who come into the community for conventions and in and of itself will be an attractor for visitors,” said Mattingly.

Mattingly says the county’s money for the project comes from a hotel-motel tax.  The Bluegrass Music Center could open as soon as next year.

The 12-million dollar project has also received five million dollars in private donations.

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