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DECC receives $750K grant; how the money is being used

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DULUTH, MN– Grant money will be put to good use at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) to help bring back staff and normalcy.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program is sponsored by Senator Klobuchar and established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The DECC, being a venue that struggled during the pandemic, received a total of $751,743 to go towards labor costs, utilities, and maintenance costs.

DECC Communication Director Lucie Amundsen said this is the third grant the DECC got during the pandemic, and it will help them prepare for upcoming events.

“We are ready to have people come, and we’re so excited to have our upcoming season. We’re booking more and more events every day, and I think it’s going to be a great summer.”

The grant program includes more than $16 billion in grants to venues shuttered during the pandemic.

At the end of 2020, DECC leaders estimated their revenue was down more than 50 percent, which adds up to about $6.3 million.

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