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State grant to fund Killington arts center study


Courtesy of a $25,000 Vermont Community Development Planning Grant awarded to the town, a bid will go out to contractors in February to do a preliminary feasibility study of a center, to determine if there's a demand for one in the town and if the town can financially sustain it, according to Killington Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will mail the town a check in January, Ramsay said.

The study will be the precursor to a formal feasibility study, according to Ramsay, and will include "all on the economics."

The number of visitors coming to Vermont, the price of gas, the economy, trends in performing arts, and increase in desirability will all be investigated courtesy of the
$25,000 study, Ramsay said.

The grant money is the result of two meetings held this year between the Vermont Council on Rural Development and Killington officials, aimed at solidifying recommendations for moving forward in light of the council's development report on the town, Ramsay said.