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March 3, 2014

Tahlequah Event Center ribbon-cutting set

TAHLEQUAH — In a city known for its collaborative spirit, the Tahlequah Event Center stands as a tangible case in point.

The ribbon-cutting for the Tahlequah Event Center is Tuesday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The Tahlequah Event Center is housed in the Northeastern State University Event Center, directly south of Gable Field.

“This project is a shining example of the whole being more than the sum of its parts. The Tahlequah Event Center represents the cooperative effort among the citizens of Tahlequah, the City of Tahlequah and Northeastern State University,” said Mayor Jason Nichols.

NSU President Steve Turner believes cooperation, collaboration and communication are central in focusing to move forward in a positive way.

“This community is in an enviable position due to our ability and commitment to work together,” said Turner.

The 86,000-square-foot structure truly is a multipurpose facility. The Tahlequah Event Center, at 7,500 square feet, will be available for rental to entities, organizations, businesses and private individuals, and has the potential to be used for conferences, trade shows, meetings and private events. The center has full catering capabilities. The space can be divided and will support up to 500 people.

David Moore, executive director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, foresees the facility attracting conferences that will positively impact Tahlequah’s economy.

Construction of the $17.1 million facility began in summer 2012. The city of Tahlequah funded the community space addition with $1.5 million from a sales tax initiative that was approved in January 2013. The NSU Event Center opened Nov. 16.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (918) 456-3742.

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