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Matthew Hughes of JMH Development Co. in Cincinnati estimated the replacement would cost anywhere between $750,000 and $1.2 million.
The company was awarded a contract by the fair board to conduct a feasibility study to determine the level of community support for the project.
"It's going really well.
Obviously people in Columbiana County love their fair," Hughes
"They have done some minor to mid-major projects on their own and the community has responded," Hughes
explained supporters will be given five years to pledge money.
"We would probably partner with a local bank, where they would advance the money to do the project and they (fair board) would need to pay it back out of the campaign proceeds," he
The plan is to have a new grandstand in place before next year's fair begins July 28, he
said the custom-made grandstand should be installed and functional at least week or two before the fair.
also said JMH Development
is working with a Kentucky-based company on specific designs for a new grandstand, which he
said will be contemporary but also maintain the "quaintness of the fair."
hopes the same for Columbiana County.
"The grandstands are pretty much the centerpiece of the fair.
We are hoping people can partner with this one more time and we'll be in pretty good shape," he
will present the results of the feasibility study to the board on Nov. 13, at which time the board will decide whether to proceed.
J. Matthew HughesFunding Solutions
...J. Matthew Hughes
...J. MATTHEW HUGHES, Senior PartnerAs a founder of JMH Development in 1994, Matt directed dozens of campaigns and raised over $250 million for clients throughout the country.
Thousands of solicitation calls from coast to coast combined with Matt's business experience in marketing and sales took JMH
and its clients to new levels in campaign fundraising.
CEO's like Matt's
no time-outs, no substitutions work ethic.Matt's business background included leadership positions with a successful regional brewery and important roles with Sara Lee
in new products and corporate acquisitions.
Matt's success as a community development specialist has helped not for profits from a Philharmonic's endowment campaign to chamber building programs, a bricks and mortar campaign for his
fraternity at the University of Cincinnati
, a $100 million dollar Science City project in Kansas City and countless other economic development initiatives. His
economic development experience dates back to 1988 with successful programs in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Greenville, Raleigh, and multiple engagements with one of the leading economic development agencies in the nation, the Kansas City Area Development Council
.While working on a Forward Atlanta project Matt
secured one the largest investments in economic development from a foundation that had never given to an ED effort.This one million dollar investment combined with hundreds of other investments went on to complete a "Preparing Atlanta for the Olympics" campaign. Matt
is a no nonsense professional with over 24 years of combined experience in sales, marketing and fundraising.He
is also a noted public speaker and board retreat leader who has worked successfully with leading CEO's around the country.Prior to establishing JMH Development, Matt was a senior partner for The Suddes Group, a pioneer in economic development fundraising.Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Communications from the University of Cincinnati
.J. Matthew HughesMatt
is a no nonsense professional with over 24 years of combined experience in sales, marketing and fundraising.
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Matt Hughes JMH Development(513) 521-6496