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Talent Maker City awarded $1.8 million to build facility

Courtesy photo | Talent Maker City received $1.8 million in state funding to build a permanent facility.

Three projects in Oregon House District 5 will receive funding from $240 million set aside by Oregon legislators for direct community investments under the American Rescue Plan Act, Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, announced Monday.

This spring, Oregon received $4.2 billion of a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, from which $240 million was allocated to each legislative district. Each state representative received $2 million and each senator received $4 million for one-time expenditures in their districts.

Marsh directed $1.8 million toward Talent Maker City to design and construct a permanent facility to house the nonprofit’s activities in downtown Talent.

A permanent home will further Talent Maker City’s mission to enhance and connect the community through creativity and education in the arts and sciences, Marsh said.

Funding will support land purchase, planning, permitting, equipment, systems development charges and construction of an 8,500-square-foot facility — more than double the size of the nonprofit’s current leased location.

“Talent Maker City has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community in response to the pandemic and wildfires, and has proven its ability to foster workforce development and economic vitality through their workshops and programs,” Marsh said. “As a local hub for creativity and innovation, TMC is poised to help Southern Oregon recover and to thrive. What they need now is room to grow.”

A Greater Applegate, a community development organization located in the Applegate Valley, received $100,000 to improve internet accessibility by identifying dead zones, strengthening regional telecommunications relationships and covering costs for residents who cannot afford internet services.

The Greensprings Rural Fire District received $100,000 to purchase a new fire engine and vehicle outfitting equipment, to replace the district’s existing “antiquated and worn out” engines built in the 1970s.

Contact Ashland Tidings reporter Allayana Darrow at adarrow@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497.