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Southern Tier could feel impact of SUNY Broome’s Culinary and Events Center

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- SUNY Broome's new culinary school is nearing its completion. Local restaurant owners are getting a taste of what it has to offer.

The school held a tour of its new Culinary and Events Center Monday afternoon. The restaurant owners were there to learn about what impact the center could have on their business.

The center will host SUNY Broome's hospitality programs and train the employees that could fill job openings local restaurants are looking to fill.

"I think it's a real game changer," said Paul VanSavage of Southern Tier Independent Restaurants. "Students who go through this program will find jobs all over our community. There's not a day that goes on that there's not an opening of one kind or another in the restaurant industry in this town."

The $21.5 million project transformed the historic Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton into the center.

Classes in the center will begin in the spring semester.

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