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Marketing starts for future York convention center

Courtesy York Area Chamber of Commerce

YORK, Neb. – The city of York has given the green light for the York Area Chamber of Commerce and the York County Visitors Bureau to start promoting the city’s future convention center.

Planning for the center started six months ago when Kelly Holthus, president and CEO of Cornerstone Bank, announced that he would donate 70 acres and $2 million to construct a convention center in York.

“Most large conventions are booked three years in advance, so we’re out three years,” said Jack Vavra, York City administrator. “We thought it was best to go to the chamber for promotion now.”

Holthus estimates the 28,000-square-foot convention center will take between 12 and 14 months to build. City officials will meet in the next month to nail down infrastructure plans and other details before construction begins in early May. Current estimates project the project will cost $6 million.

“First, there was the overall design,” said Holthus. “Second, the fund raising. And third was the cooperation and involvement of the city. All three phases are ahead of schedule and all three have gone better than even I anticipated.”

For more information, read the York News Times article.