City of Elko

ELKO – The city might be home to a few more musical acts starting next spring if the Downtown Business Association receives the grant funding it is requesting.

City Council approved a letter of recommendation on behalf of the DBA to the Levitt Foundation to help the association receive grant funds to put on concerts in the park next year.

City Manager Curtis Calder said the concert series would fit perfectly with the city’s vision for downtown and works well within the Elko Redevelopment Agency’s goals.

“The council is excited about it because the RDA plan tries to accomplish bringing new things into the downtown area that will attract people,” he said. “These concerts are being billed as family-friendly events, and that’s something that’s in our RDA plan, as well, trying to entertain adults and families to get as many people down there using the facilities.”

Details are still being hammered out.

Seeking approval from the city was the first step in the DBA’s process of organizing the concert series.

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Concerts are expected to be held at the train park downtown, a space that is not often used for other events.

Rachelle Melton with DBA spoke to the council on Tuesday night asking council members for their support of the project. She pointing out that it would encourage people to visit business in the downtown corridor.

Metlon said the alcohol-free event would take advantage of the available space downtown and help reinvigorate the neighborhood.

“It’s a free opportunity for people to get together and enjoy free music,” she said. “We also want to utilize the unused space that we have. It’s the best of both worlds, we’re killing two birds with one stone, and it’ll all be free for everyone involved.”

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