Consultant Gathering Expo Center Information in Salina
Todd Pittenger - Thu 07:49 PM 02/16/2012
Joel Feldman from Minnesota-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure International listens to a question Thursday afternoon in Salina.
Can Saline County support a new expo center? A consultant is spending several days in Salina this week, gathering information to try and answer that question.
Joel Feldman from Minnesota-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure International is in Salina through Friday morning. Feldman is on a fact-gathering mission, and has been meeting with numerous people. He has met with county and city commissioners, potential expo center users, and the general public.
The company is conducting a market analysis, reviewing the existing facilities. Through that, they will determine the feasibility of a potential new facility.
The study will be conducted in two parts. The first part, consisting of a market analysis, will cost $35,500. If at that time it's determined that a new facility could not be supported, commissioners could opt out of the preliminary design phase and save $14,000.
County Commissioner Jerry Fowler said that the appealing thing about Conventions, Sports & Leisure International is that the company will not necessarily recommend building an expo center. He said that about 20 percent of the time the company finds that a facility of this type could not be supported by the community.