$10,000 grant buys new technology

Frank Turner

Over the past year, the old Movies ‘N’ More building has been a major point of interest for the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and the Adams County Development Corporation. These organizations are working to transform the unused movie rental building into an asset for the community. 

This month the project took a major leap forward. The organizations were awarded a $10,000 Consensus Council Grant specifically for the upcoming community building. 

Executive Director of the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and Adams County Development Corporation Jasmin Fosheim said that the $10,000 grant will be put toward equipping the new community center with various technology.  

Specifically, the money will be put towards buying the following items for the new community center: 

– Smart Board 

Video & Audio Conferencing Equipment  

– Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 for Mac and PC 

2 Computers 

– Color Printer/Copier & Toner

Fosheim hopes that this new technology will spark more business opportunities and allow the community to compete in an increasingly globalized society. Another goal of the project is to give individuals in the community access to education opportunities and job training programs through video/audio conferencing technology. 

 In the grant application, Fosheim wrote, “The space will provide incubator support for entrepreneurs working on start-ups, especially those businesses lacking the funds to secure their own space in a traditional sense.” 

 Fosheim also explained that the technology purchased from the event will also help meet the basic needs of local small businesses.  

“I can’t count the number of times that someone comes into our office and says, ‘I need to print these documents.’ It’s clearly a need, and now our business members will have access to those resources through this technology,” she continued. 

Although the Movies “N” More project is progressing fast, Fosheim said that the building’s exact role is still being decided.  

“The vision for the space is still being developed and there is a lot of fundamental work that needs to be done on the project before any big decisions are made,” said Fosheim. “But we are excited for the opportunities that this technology and eventual space will provide businesses and individuals in our community.”