OLEAN, NY — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded an $84,672 grant to the Olean Central School District to upgrade equipment and technology for a new Olean Community and Cultural Center. 

The center, which will be created in Olean High School's auditorium, will offer a variety of programming to enrich the community including educational, cultural and civic events.

"We will be enhancing the auditorium’s technology to bring in a wider range of opportunities to the region for students, families, and the community," Jennifer Mahar, Olean City School District Coordinator of State and Federal Aid Programs, said. 

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"Relaunching the venue as the Olean Community and Cultural Center, the auditorium at the Olean High School is a beautiful facility with the largest seating in the area," Mahar said. "With improvements to the projection, audio, and accessibility features available in the space, we look forward to offering a film festival, musical and theatrical performances, community presentations, and more."

Mahar said community groups who sign up to use the center will have proper training so that they can properly use the new technology that will be available.

Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean region in Congress, announced the grant Monday.

“We care about the community of Olean and this grant will help enrich the new community center, bringing the community together for exciting events and other activities,” Reed said. “This is an important development in Olean and we look forward to the benefits that will come from it.”

The Appalachian Regional Commission, which provided the funding, is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments that focuses on 420 counties in the Appalachian region.

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