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Kimball Visitor Center project one step closer

Kimball area residents could possibly see the creation of a Visitor Center after County Commissioners gave their approval to move forward last week. The proposed location for the center would be at the Highway 71 junction off Interstate 80 for a preferred location.

Kimball County Tourism Director Jo Caskey says they went before the commissioners last week to get the okay to move forward with the project. She says they had to get approval from the commissioners in order to proceed with gathering more information so that they can come up with a tighter proposal and solidified budget for operations.

Caskey says if it is a regional effort, they will be looking at letters of support from other attractions, organizatinos and entities in the panhandle. She said they will also be contacting state and federal legislators for letters of support for the project. She says those all carry quite a bit of weight when doing major grant applications.

Now that they have approval to move forward, Caskey says they will be looking in to what it will take to either lease or purchase their preferred property. And while Caskey says they have a few options, the preferred location would be the former Burger King building, located just south of the interchange.

She says the location would be very workable for them, being right along the interstate. And simple renovations would make the building very easy to convert for their needs.

Caskey says if everything comes together, and with some basic renovations, they could possibly have the center before the end of this summer.

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