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Commissioners allow naming rights for arena

New Boone County Agriculture and Education Center under construction in the fairgrounds.

Boone County Commissioners gave approval Monday to allow naming rights for the arena portion of the new Boone County Agriculture and Education Center, now under construction in the fairgrounds.
Kurt Kruse and Chuck Rolf represented the request on behalf of the Boone County Agriculture and Education Center, Inc., which has an application for 501(c)3 nonprofit status now pending. This entity will be a sub-account of the Boone County Foundation Fund, affiliated with the Nebraska Community Foundation.
While voting to allow the naming rights, Commissioner Ben Rutten said he would like to know the exact name of the arena. Kruse said commissioners will be notified when the name is determined. He added that an honor plaque recognizing donors will be displayed in the structure.
Commissioners noted that the building name would remain Boone County Agriculture and Education Center, while naming rights apply only to facilities within the building.
The project last year received an $850,000 pledge commitment over 10 years from Niewohner Brothers, and pledges from other donors are used to match this pledge, resulting in a total of $1.7 million over 10 years, Kruse said. All of these funds will go toward construction costs.

Complete story in the May 22 Albion News, print and e-editions.