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Potential Whitewater Park Being Considered for Elizabethton

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After several years of negative population growth, Elizabethon, TN may be about to turn the trend on its head. River Restoration, a Colorado Company specializing in the construction of whitewater parks, is currently being consulted as to the impact of placing one such installment on a local river. There are countless pros to the installation of such a facility; however the downside that keeps getting tossed around is the initial cost of installation. Although this is something that should be considered, the benefits far outweigh the price tag the city would be facing upfront.

Whitewater parks have set a precedent of being extremely profitable, for instance institutions offering rafting services on the Ocoee River have generated an annual income of $43.8 Million for over 30 Counties and supported 622 local jobs. While experts are not expecting such a windfall for Elizabethton, they still believe that the economic impact for our local area will be in the millions of dollars per year.  Assuming our municipality were to go ahead with the proposal, economic stimulation of this scale would be within easy reach, leading to the potential for, improved public services, lower unemployment, and keeping skilled individuals in the area.

There will be a public meeting on Saturday, February 17th, from 2PM-5PM at the Bonnie Kate for citizens and policymakers to here pitches from outdoors experts from across the country. Students are encouraged to attend. Please see Mr. Hensley for any additional information.

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