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City of Buckhannon Supports Building of New Conference Center

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BUCKHANNON -

The City of Buckhannon wants to borrow $765,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to help build a new conference center.

The conference center will be located next to a new National Guard Armory and Readiness Center off Brushy Fork Road.

The entire complex is being located on 44 acres, and will be about 57,000 square feet and will replace the old armory located on Route 20.

The city wants to contribute half of the loan to assist in construction and to pay for materials and equipment to run a new 12-inch waterline to the facility.

"This will provide a nice state of the art facility that can be utilized by the guard for their training exercises and meetings as well as a conference center for our portion which will be a nice economic drive for the city of Buckhannon and Upshur County," said Michael Doss, of the city of Buckhannon.

The entire project will cost about $35 million and will allow Upshur County to retain 85 jobs with the armory's relocation.

The Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau made financial contribution of $100,000 to also pay for equipment and furnishing within the proposed conference center.