The SteamPlant Event Center operates as a high-quality, attractive theater and event center that increases business and tourism in Salida and the Upper Arkansas River Valley and provides diverse, affordable and quality cultural programming. The long-term goal of the SteamPlant is to provide rental space and services to both local and outside groups in an effort to provide positive economic impact for the area.
In 2016 BBC Research and Consulting did an economic impact and cost recovery study for the SteamPlant. View the report here.
Formerly operated by a group of volunteers, the City took over operations of the facility in 2008 following a major renovation and expansion. Volunteers continue to play a vital role in supporting the SteamPlant.