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Project Value: $407,000
City Allocation: $407,000

Project Description:

KIXE Channel 9 - Public Access Television station covers 10 Northern California counties including: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. Today, KIXE Channel 9 is one of the most watched TV stations in this area. Some 33% of KIXE's budget comes in the form of a federal grant. The balance is derived from program underwriting, auction, members, and other fundraising activities. The station serves more than 500,000 people with more than 74,000 television households tuning in each week.

The City was approached by KIXE Board Chair, Dr. Marty Grant, with the concept of a private-public partnership in facilitating the location of a downtown television stations. The City recognized that a critical economic development driver for promoting downtown revitalization is the fostering and promotion of a vibrant arts and cultural community. It is with direction from the City Council that City staff has undertaken to strategically foster, partner, promote and recruit key organizations to help position Oroville’s downtown for future arts, culture and educational events. KIXE Channel 9 is a strategic partner in our downtown revitalization efforts.

Project specifics are:

  • 4,200 sq. ft. of building
  • 2 to 4 employees
  • Development of media arts training program in conjunction with Butte Community College

Funding Sources:

The City of Oroville will utilize Revolving Loan Funds funding in the amount of $357,000 entering into a lease-purchase agreement with the owner of 1430 Meyers Street, then subleasing suite J and K for a ten year $1.00 a year sublease to KIXE. In addition, the city will contribute up to $50,000 for studio ready improvements to the suites while KIXE will match with sweat equity from Jon Carey of Public Television’s On The House.

An opportunity exists, based upon project parameters, to utilize elements of workforce development training funding originating with the Alliance for Workforce Development as well as State of California, Employment Training Panel assistance in support of the development of a mentoring and internship program for Oroville high school and community college students.

Milestones:

  • Private sector requests development information and site selection assistance
  • Site selection criteria established and acquisition process (terms and conditions) begins on behalf of private sector
  • Zoning review
  • Site plan review
  • Development of business, community, and workforce development partnerships in support of operations budget
  • Construction plan review
  • Issue construction permits (City, utility, sewer/water)
  • Inspection review
  • Certificate of occupancy
  • KIXE public access television station begins operations
 Project Manager: Sam Driggers 538-2422
 Council Goal: Economic Development
 Fiscal year: 2011/2012, 2012/2013
 Expected Completion Date: 2011/2012