DT #133: Spending $75 Million to Attract Visitors – the Grand Park Story – Episode 1 of 2

Sports tourism is big business.  Would your community spend $75 million to build baseball, softball, and soccer fields?  The City of Westfield, IN, population 38,000 pulled of Grand Park – a 400 acre facility designed to serve thousands of competitors.

In this episode, Jason interviews Amanda Rubadue and William Knox with the City of Westfield to break down the deal and share some of the challenges and successes of pulling off such an endeavor.

You will hear about:

-Aggregating land from multiple land owners

-Using a property tax TIF to finance the deal

-A contentious mayoral race

-The current state of the operational budget

Grand Park Sports Campus

More About Amanda Rubadue

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