Lincoln was faced with organizations supporting 5 different locations, no one wanting to budge and all locations in more remote areas of the city with limited hotel, restaurants, or shopping nearby.
The story states former mayor Coleen Seng knew it was her responsibility to bring all of the parties together for the benefit of the entire community.
Key points outlined by the former Lincoln mayor, council member and Lincoln business leader:
- The task force agreed and recommended the downtown location because of its overall benefit to the entire community.
- "The facilities that have been built to date on the outskirts of a community do not pay for themselves. That brought about the conclusion very quickly that it needs to be down in the core of the city where the tax revenue will help pay it off," Campbell said.
- They go to a game and they go home or they get back on the interstate. That's what we're trying to avoid.
- “It's really just the vibrancy that you create for an area. People coming in, going out to eat before the show, taking in a show, and then maybe spending the night here in Lincoln. That's the ancillary vibrancy that we think you get from location," Marvin said.
- "How you pay for it is a critical, critical element," Campbell said.
I think Yvonne Hawkins said it best today in her column: Sioux Falls could use a good politician right about now.