Work has started!
With this said, the following will offer a brief outline of our intended timeline:
(Summer 2015) Awarded $750,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission
(Summer 2015) Property purchased near I-81/77 Exit 77
(Spring 2016) Grading & Site Development efforts to intensify
(Fall 2017) Construction to begin on 3,000-seat facility
(Fall 2018) Appalachian Regional Exposition Center OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Just the numbers!
Presently, over 90 acres of land has been purchased on the southside of I-81 at Exit 77 and the organization is moving forwarded in developing the property — development will include construction of the Commonwealth’s premier civic center west of Roanoke, providing +3,000 permanent seats and an additional 2,000 portable chairs for concerts and other entertainment events.
In addition to a 200′ x 300′ arena, which will be used for a myriad of activities, including livestock shows, rodeos, indoor soccer events, travel shows, motocross, concerts and dozens of other regional and national events, the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center will also include outdoor multipurpose athletic fields, an outdoor horse ring, classroom & training facilities and office space.
amount of money that has been raised so far... Funding sources include Tobacco Commission, Virginia Farm Bureau, Wythe County, and private citizens / community organizations.
have been purchased near I-81 / 77 Exit 77. Part of the land will be used for the exposition center and the remaining property will be developed as commercial properties.
pass by the property each day via Interstates 77 and 81... That equates to +27 million views each year!
Annual spending the facility will create, according to the Weldon Cooper Center for Economic & Policy Studies
We are excited to announce that completion of the APEX is anticipated to be in November of 2018. This aerial shot on the progress of the Appalachian Exposition Center was taken in the middle of March, and really puts into perspective how it will not only put Wythe County on the map throughout the region,[…]
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Board members of the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center and Wythe County Board of Supervisors will be hosting a joint public meeting on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m. The meeting, which will be held inside the boardroom at the county administrator’s office, will allow members of the public an opportunity to discuss various design[…]
Like the Appalachian Expo on Facebook: Facebook.com/AppalachianExpo WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Members of the newly formed Appalachian Regional Exposition Center Authority held their first organized meeting Wednesday evening in the Wythe County EOC Room, located at 290 S. Sixth St. in Wytheville. The seven-member board, which includes two members of the AAEC (a non-profit organization that[…]
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Supporters of the proposed Appalachian Regional Exposition Center say their recent fundraising event far exceeded their wildest expectations. A sellout crowd of more than 240 individuals gathered inside the Wohlfahrt Haus Thursday evening as the 501(c)(3) non-profit committee treated patrons to a meal and performance by the renowned stand-up comedian Jerry Carroll.[…]
On Friday, December 4, 2015, WDBJ-7 featured the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center on the evening newscast, highlighting Wythe County’s recent purchase of +90 acres of land near I-81 Exit 77, as well as a $750,000 award from the Tobacco Commission to assist in the constructing the facility. Wythe County Extension Agent Matthew Miller called the planned exposition center[…]
Expo center plans moving forward Wytheville Enterprise: July 29, 2015 Click Here to Read Article