To the editor:
On Nov 6, 2012, residents in the community of Marshall will be given the opportunity to provide funding for two significant economic development projects that will allow Marshall to continue to grow, prosper, and thrive for years to come.
By approving the local sales tax and the hospitality tax on the ballot, the citizens of Marshall will provide the necessary funds for the MERIT Center expansion as well as the development of Southwest Minnesota Regional Amateur Sports Complex.
Marshall has an excellent reputation and a great history as an amateur sports host and destination. Amateur sports have continued to grow and prosper nationwide from the youth levels, to high school, to colleges, and to the amateur adult levels. This growth has spurred facility development by more and more communities who recognize both the recreational and economic value that hosting amateur sporting events brings to a community. This is our chance to remain a venue that can compete with other communities for all types of sporting events by enhancing our facilities. Today we have a great athletic campus with the combined university, high school and city facilities and we want to make it even better. And we know that youth sports provide positive recreational experiences for young student-athletes, and help build memories that last a lifetime.
To remain a regional hub in this part of the upper Midwest, Marshall needs quality venues for amateur sports, which could be the single most important aspect in the overall experience for both participants and fans. Approval of the funding for amateur sports will provide us the avenue for long-term growth as a tournament venue along with a proven source for economic growth and development for years to come.
Please join in us in support of this project on Nov. 6 by voting yes.
Marshall United Soccer Association, Lee's TaeKwonDo, Marshall Baseball Association, Southwest Figure Skating Club, Marshall Softball Association, Marshall Official's Association, Marshall Area Wrestling Association, Marshall Amateur Hockey Association, Marshall Area Youth Baseball Association
Marshall Hoops Club, Marshall Girl's Basketball Association, Marshall JO Volleyball Association, Marshall Area Fast Pitch Association