- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Plans for the International Bluegrass Music Center along Owensboro’s riverfront have received a big financial boost.

State officials say the project will receive $5 million thanks to a state and city partnership. Gov. Steve Beshear was in Owensboro on Wednesday to announce the partnership.

Owensboro has been responsible for providing matching funds for a federal allocation supporting the riverfront. Instead, state officials say the state Transportation Cabinet will invest available state matching funds for part of the city’s funding responsibility.

That move allows Owensboro to invest those millions in city funds in the Bluegrass Music Center.

The music center will be built on the site of the old state office building. Plans for the new center include a 500-seat concert hall.

Construction is targeted for completion in 2017.

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