The old Movies N’ More building near Main Street has been a recent point of interest for the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce. For the last few years, the old dilapidated building has sat empty, waiting to be transformed into a much more useful place. Recently, the Hettinger Chamber was awarded $114,000 USDA grant to renovate and equip the old Movies N’ More building with new technology for the community’s benefit.
Executive Director of the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce and Adams County Development Corporation Jasmin Fosheim said the building has great possibilities for Hettinger. After a 2018 community survey, the Chamber found that the Hettinger community wants more access to professional development classes and workforce training.
“[The study] explored different resources for the community including the offering of personal and professional development courses and training, and we found that is a major need and desire of local business members,” she said.
According to Fosheim, the Chamber has the long-term goal to transform the old Movies N’ More building into a Collaborative Workforce Center. The center would provide business resources for local businesses, both new and existing, to achieve their goals.
Already the Chamber has received other grants to establish a buffalo mural and to purchase audio and video conferencing equipment, a printer, and a smart board for the building.
Specifically the USDA grant will give the Chamber the opportunity to “gut” the building and create a comfortable and functional space for community meetings, business trainings, and personal and professional development classes.
“We hope the building will be a ‘jack of all trades’ building, available for small businesses that perhaps can’t afford to have their own space in the beginnings of their business,” said Fosheim.
When finished, Fosheim said that the center would provide community members and small, home-based businesses access to high quality business equipment, including copying, printing, and video/audio conferencing.
The Chamber also wants to use the building for their own professional development programs, such as Lunch & Learns. Assuming all goes according to plan, the Chamber hopes to have the future center available to the community by the end of 2020.
“The Chamber is thrilled to have the funding, research, and community support to pursue an opportunity that will be a major asset to business owners, community organizations, and leaders in the community,” concluded Fosheim.