Richland breaks ground on the first phase of the events and events center – InForum

COLFAX, N.D. – On Wednesday, May 1, a major milestone was reached for a Richland County project that has been years in the making. The foundation stone for a state-of-the-art event and events facility was laid.

East of Colfax, the 15-acre property seems like a lot of dirt. But for the people of Richland County, this is the beginning of a new chapter in the cultural landscape of the southern Red River Valley.

“We love the small town feel, we wanted to stay a small town but also having more community opportunities for our children is fantastic,” said Dr. Britney Gandhi, superintendent of the Richland School District.

In just over a year, Colfax will call home a unique performing arts and events center thanks to the Richland #44 School Foundation. The center provides a place for students to share their talents and provides the community with an opportunity to stimulate its growth.

“I think this is the path you have to take and get creative to attract people to your community and provide them with amenities,” said Megan Kummer, board chair of the Richland #44 School Foundation.

An event center valued at $11 million is phase one of the project and was funded through a diversion agreement and fundraising efforts. Profits go directly to the school foundation and its mission to help students.

“So it will be an opportunity that everyone can take advantage of. We also expect it to be an exciting attraction for large events such as weddings and concert venues. Therefore, we assume that we can also bring this business into the community,” said Dr. Gandhi.

And one benefit to the people of Richland County is that it has no impact on taxpayers.

“We're a nonprofit, you know, we're the ones who are going to own this building and we're building this building. So there are no tax implications. “It should hopefully be just another thing that brings in additional revenue and excitement for our communities,” Kummer said.

Phase one is expected to be completed in July 2025. The foundation hopes construction of the performing arts center can begin shortly thereafter.

Sam Goetzinger joined WDAY News as a reporter and anchor in 2022 after graduating from St. Cloud State University. Sam worked alongside his father in the radio industry in his hometown of New Prague, Minnesota for ten years before attending college. In addition to his news duties, Sam also handles play-by-play duties for high school athletics in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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