Local leaders hope state initiative helps keep dome pavilion open year-round

Many of you visit Paducah’s dome pavilion once a year for AQS QuiltWeek. The city now hopes to use Gov. Matt Bevin’s Red Tape Reduction Initiative to bring more events to the dome.

The initiative reviews business regulations and aims to either revises or eliminate any that are outdated and unnecessary.      
Once a year, the space in this dome brings tens of thousands of visitors to Paducah’s QuiltWeek.

The traffic is good news for business owners like Shane Mastera, who owns Shane Lee Boutique downtown.

"Anytime you have a huge traffic flow coming in, it’s going to increase your sales," Mastera said.  

Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation Director of Operations Chuck Tate says that’s why he would be happy if the dome stayed up all year long.

"Not everyone can be able to provide this kind of space. We have it. We should be able to use it," Tate said. 

Tate says while it’s important to get people interested in the dome, he also has to book the convention center and 40,000-square-foot Expo Center, so that’s why he’s creating a niche for the dome. That niche would be sports, and giving teams a place to train year-round.

"Give them time to come together, and get out of elements, and get together to practice," Tate said.

Under state building codes, Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler says the dome is only allowed to be up for six months of the year because it doesn’t have a sprinkler system, indoor bathrooms or fire alarms. She’s working with other city and county leaders to come up a plan to take to Bevin now that he’s announced the Red Tape Reduction Initiative.

"Can we make any compromises and still have a safe, temporary building for people that would allow us to financially leave it up year-round," Kaler explained.

For now, Tate works to fill the space for the six months it’s open.

Tate is looking clients such as sports teams and other businesses to use the dome.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, July 23, he’s having a Roam the Dome event, to tour people through the dome. 

Kaler asks people to give their input and share regulations that impact their businesses. She says you can contact any city or county leader or the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.

You can also share your thoughts with Bevin and learn about the initiative online

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