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On Tuesday January 8, 2019 Mountain Craft Productions made their stop at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center as they travel the state on behalf of the West Virginia Municipal League to prepare a video on Home Rule and how the program has been very beneficial to municipalities across the state. One aspect of the video will focus on the overwhelming success the City had in revitalizing the RGPAC by partially funding the project with the 1% Sales and Use Tax implemented through Home Rule. The video that is being produced will be circulated throughout the WVML membership and the West Virginia State Legislator.
A portion of the video featured Alvyn A. Schopp, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Antero Resources. Mr. Schopp spoke on Home Rule for Arts and Entertainment to showcase the people within the communities they touch. Mr. Schopp recognized the importance of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center project and the decision to support it professionally through Antero Resources and personally through fundraising. Schopp presented the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center project to Antero Resources Board Members to encourage them to approve the support of the project through Antero, because Mr. Schopp recognized that this effort would not only expand the horizons for the citizens of the City of Clarksburg, but for North Central West Virginia as a whole. Through Antero’s support of the RGPAC it allows the company’s employees the opportunity to see what a difference they are making in the community by giving back.
Schopp elaborated on how the City of Clarksburg’s phrase “Proud Past…Unlimited Future” ties into the revitalization and rehabilitation of the RGPAC. The Robinson Grand itself has such a proud past and rich history, and through Home Rule it now has an unlimited future, which could not have happened with just an annual budget. While every cities’ use of Home Rule is different it is important for cities to have the opportunity to utilize Home Rule. “Home Rule provides funding that matches municipalities’ visions”, said Schopp.
Through this project funded in part by Home Rule, it allows Antero employees to continue to give back through the utilization of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center. Cities who do not utilize Home Rule cannot compare to a city that does. Without Home Rule, cities only have the opportunity to plan for the short term and grants municipalities no foresight. The people should be given the choice of Home Rule and they should choose Home Rule.
As a citizen and businessman from Antero Resources, Al Schopp urges legislators that Home Rule needs to be permanently put into place. Schopp said, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life; it’s be proud of your name, and you should be proud of what your name is on”. Schopp’s personal name and his company, Antero Resources have both been on display throughout the Robinson Grand Preforming Arts Center project since the opening.
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