Letter to the Editor: Chamber gets behind event center proposal

To the Editor:
Nov 16, 2013

To the Editor:

The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Is excited to hear the interest in the communities, expressing the possibility of a much needed event center for Wilson County.

The chamber understands the Lebanon City Council members have other major projects with funding issues, and we appreciate the work they all do and the commitment that you have made to make Lebanon and Wilson County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

In discussion with local industry and business leaders, an event center would be very beneficial for our county. This facility has the potential to keep local dollars in Wilson County and to bring dollars to Wilson County. The issue of our schools leaving the county for graduation and proms is only one small component for this needed center. Many of our industries and businesses go out of the county to hold company events and meetings. Again, that’s tax dollars leaving Lebanon and Wilson County.

This project has been in the discussion stage for many years with much research and site visits being done. Throughout the past several years, plans have been drawn for a building from 4,000 to 10,000 capacities, with many different ideas for usage. Wilson County is centrally located to recruit major events from rodeos, concerts, conventions, trade shows, expos, food shows just to name a few. Counties to the east, north, south and west have needs for this type of facility, and with the right recruitment many events in these counties will come to our area.

The chamber would like to take this opportunity to pledge our support and commitment to assist you and the Lebanon City Council in compiling a list of potential users, contacting local industry and business, recruiting and encouraging companies to sign an agreement to use this facility.

Also the chamber would like to encourage each of you to consider supporting a Wilson County facility that will bring tax dollars to our communities. We believe this project is a win for the city, county, the school system, local industry and business, local citizens and gives Wilson County the opportunity to increase visitors from other areas. Weekly and almost daily the chamber receives calls from someone looking for a facility to accommodate 750 to 7,500 people. The new Music City Center in Nashville is opening doors for Wilson County; this center can accommodate the 10,000 and up attendees with parking charges and increased hotel fees. Lebanon and Wilson County can have a facility with easy access, centrally located with low or no parking fees and reasonable hotel rates.

Sue Vanatta, president

Rick Smith, chairman

Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce

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