Conference center in Hastings' future?

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Updated: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:12:26 CST


Can Hastings keep up with the Joneses?  Results of the recent convention study revealed that Hastings is in need of a Conference Center.  But is one in the city's future?

Hastings City Councilman Everett Goebel said it's clear Hastings needs a conference center but now it's a matter of how to make that happen.

The cost of the 40,000 square foot project is estimated to be $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.  Goebel said it will take a collaboration of different groups to get the conference center up and running.

"It isn't something an individual can do, it isn't something-- I don't believe the city would step up and build it and staff it but it's going take some cooperation among groups," said Goebel. 

City Council has not yet discussed or acted on the findings of the study but Goebel said there has been interest shown because of the clear need.