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Legislature seeks auditorium operator

WATKINS GLEN-- The Schuyler County Legislature is seeking proposals from interested groups or agents for the management and operation of the newly acquired Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center.
Formerly the Watkins Glen Middle School auditorium, control of this property by the county comes as a result of the development of the former middle school into a senior housing complex. According to County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, the legislature secured a long term lease on the performing facility. He said, "We did so with the intent of enhancing cultural offerings within the area while at the same time promoting increased economic development through attracting increased numbers of residents and visitors to events held at this venue."
O'Hearn stated either a private sector business or a not-for-profit organization may come forward to operate this performing arts venue.
Goals for the operator of the facility that have been identified by the legislature include:
• Manage, operate and maintain the facility to the highest industry standards and in the best interest of the county. Ensure that the facility is kept clean, safe, secure and in good working order.
• Maximize community-wide economic impact generation and overall use of the facility by attracting large attendance events.
• Book a mix of community-oriented events providing economic and cultural benefits to the county
• Deliver a broad array of cultural, educational, entertainment, meeting and public gatherings which provide access to community groups and organizations.
• Work closely with local promotion organizations and the local hospitality industry to promote and market the property.
• Obtain and maintain any and all necessary fees, licenses, permits, warrants and other governmental authorizations associated with operation of the facility
O'Hearn, in summarizing expectations as to the response, and subsequent review of proposals stated, "Schuyler County encourages innovative approaches to serving our residents and visitors while providing cultural opportunities and activities."
Responses are due to the county by March 29.







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