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City, college joint effort stalled, but Convention Center improvements making a difference

The City of Great Bend is rethinking its plans for the Convention Center after a joint project between the city and Barton Community College fell through.

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For the City of Great Bend and its Convention Center, it’s back to square one – sort of.
City Administrator Howard Partington Friday received word that Barton Community College was no longer pursuing the so-called E3 project, a joint venture between BCC, the city and potentially other partners to share use of the center. The message from college President Carl Heilman said the private parties that had been working with them had also withdrawn from further involvement.
“There is some disappointment,” Partington said. “It was a great concept; it just didn’t work out.”
However, “we’re going to make ...

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