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Joint Provincial-City Investment Secures Future Of Keystone Centre


December 11, 2014

Released in partnership by the Province of Manitoba and the City of Brandon

BRANDON—The Manitoba government and the City of Brandon are each contributing nearly $3 million to repair the roofs of two buildings in the Keystone Centre complex, an investment needed to ensure the site will continue to host important events in the Westman region, Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell announced today.

"The Keystone Centre is a well-known Brandon landmark and these repairs are necessary to ensure its future," said Minister Caldwell.  "This facility is home to hundreds of special events throughout the year, bringing together Westman residents and visitors from across the province and around the world.  This strategic investment will help ensure the Keystone Centre continues to be an important destination, which in turn supports the local and provincial economy."

Roof repairs to the City Square and Exhibition Hall buildings are currently underway.  The buildings house an indoor athletic court where many Brandon residents play soccer in the winter, as well as rental space to generate revenue.  The buildings are also used during large events like Ag Days, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and the Arabian Horse Show.

"Repairing these portions of roof at the Keystone Centre is absolutely pivotal to the facility's continued viability and revenue generation efforts," said Mayor Rick Chrest, City of Brandon. "The roofs of these buildings have been in need of repairs for quite some time, which has hampered public use and event rental.  The City of Brandon is very pleased to contribute funding to get those spaces back up and operating fully as soon as possible."

The Keystone Centre hosts about 1,500 events every year.  The facility includes a number of interconnected buildings, which total 540,000 square feet.

"We are looking forward to proceeding with this important project, with the support of the city and the province," said Tim Hore, chair, board of directors, Keystone Centre.  "The roof renovations have been a priority for the board because it will help ensure the Keystone Centre continues to be a special meeting place, contributing over $62 million in economic impact annually in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba."

For more information about the Keystone Centre, visit www.keystonecentre.com.


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