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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
The Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Utah is a tremendous addition and resource for the 14 communities in the county and the entire state of Utah. The completion of the Center in 2003 was probably as significant as anything since Jedediah Smith and his band of trappers were in the area in 1826.
The Sevier Valley Center has already stimulated a great deal of interest and economic benefit to Richfield. It is a beautiful, multi-use facility located adjacent to the Richfield Snow College campus, the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center and the local high school. The building houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, a sports arena, classrooms, exhibit areas, meeting rooms and common areas that are beautiful to the eye and well-equipped to satisfy the needs of the most sophisticated meeting and event planners.
Jason Beal, the director of the center, gave me a tour and a comprehensive inside view of the facility. It's obvious that Jason is justifiably proud of the building.
The classrooms are used in the daytime by the high school. In the evening, Snow College makes use of the rooms and the two life science labs. The gymnasium recently hosted the state basketball tournament for high school boys and girls. Jason estimates the event generated more than $500,000 of economic benefit to the local hospitality industry. The three sisters of SHeDAISY and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have performed in the event center. The theatre has also hosted events such as the Miss Richfield Pageant, the Air Force Chamber Orchestra concert, and concerts by Ty Herndon and Afterglow.
I'm proud to say Zions Bank was involved in the project. The bank purchased the basketball floor that was used by the former Utah Starzz and had it refinished, repainted and installed in the arena. Many other governmental, private and individual donors also contributed to the center.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.