User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
TV Banner
News : Special Olympics Missouri Raising Funds For Move
Posted by Randy on 2014/1/31 4:40:06 (249 reads) News by the same author

Five years ago, executives at Special Olympics Missouri said they were waiting for "a positive change in the economic climate" before launching a capital campaign to bring their headquarters and an athletic training facility to property south of Columbia.

Click to see original Image in a new window

The campaign is now underway after the organization secured state tax credits to use as a fundraising incentive. The group also is considering whether to build the facility — the Training for Life Campus — at the Central Missouri Events Center.

"We have had conversations" with county officials, said Lauri Shadoan, chief advancement officer for Special Olympics Missouri, or SOMO. "They would be interested in having that happen. We have yet to make any decision on that."

Boone County Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson said she hopes to see some sort of partnership among several parties — possibly University of Missouri Extension, Special Olympics Missouri and others — for a new facility at the fairground property.

The county commission in December 2008 approved rezoning SOMO's 11-acre property off Bonne Femme Church Road west of Highway 63. At the time, Shadoan said SOMO hoped to begin a capital campaign in one to two years and to be in a new building in five years. She also said the purchase of the tract was a good investment "whether we had a building there or not."

The Missouri Development Finance Board has approved a tax-incentive program that will allow donors to use $1.75 million in tax credits toward the SOMO project, which aims to creat the first-ever statewide athletic training campus designed for people with intellectual disabilities.

The state summer games take place in Columbia the last week of May, and the national Special Olympics are in mid-June in New Jersey.

Shadoan said the capital campaign goal is $12.5 million. The Training for Life Campus is envisioned as a 44,000-square-foot facility that will offer year-round training and health screenings for SOMO's roughly 17,000 athletes plus their coaches and volunteers. The organization has outgrown its current state office off Dix Road in Jefferson City.

Mark Musso, president and CEO of SOMO, said the tax credits will lead to "significant economic impact" for the Columbia area.

Shadoan said the organization would move its 25 employees to the new facility and add nine new positions, including five full-time jobs. The training campus won't have on-site housing for visiting athletes and volunteers, but that feature could be added in the future, she said.

Shadoan said construction could start in 2017 after the three-year capital campaign wraps up.

"We thought we were fixed on the property where we were — the land that we purchased," she said. She said SOMO will listen to options for locating at the events center "and see if that makes sense to us as an organization."

"Those are all very, very preliminary discussions," Shadoan said. "There are lots of questions, lots of answers we don't have yet."

A special task force appointed last fall by the county commission to study the future of the events center recommended beefing up marketing of the 134-acre venue and attracting more equestrian and other events. The task force also suggested courting SOMO and MU Extension as ways to increase the use of the events center.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/9/22 4:21:27 - Mexico Man Found Guilty Of Sex Crimes, Gets 43 Years In Prison
2014/9/22 4:17:08 - High Corn Growth Could Mean Lower Prices
2014/9/22 4:14:11 - Lawsuit Filed Over Common Core Standards
2014/9/22 4:07:53 - Bystanders Rush To Rescue Teenagers From Submerged SUV
2014/9/22 4:05:10 - Family Of Baby Killed In Crash Wants To Know Why Driver Will Serve No Jail Time
2014/9/22 4:02:41 - Clothing Line For Those With Down Syndrome Inspired By Grandmother's Love
2014/9/22 4:00:07 - Witnesses Say Man Who Tried To Break Up Fight Was Shot And Killed
2014/9/22 3:57:11 - Judge: Man In 9/11 Airport Hoax Should Be Freed
2014/9/22 3:55:07 - 2 Die In Nearly Head-On Crash In Eastern Missouri
2014/9/22 3:51:14 - Neosho Man Sentenced For Embezzling $4.9 Million From Employer
2014/9/22 3:49:10 - Livingston County Sheriff Activity Report
2014/9/19 6:40:24 - Police Radar Gun That Shows If You Are Texting?
2014/9/19 4:28:05 - Scotland Rejects Independence From U.K.
2014/9/19 4:24:51 - Prison Supervisor Guilty Of Hiding Guard Attack
2014/9/19 4:20:53 - Missouri Creates Office To Address Racial Issues
2014/9/19 4:17:24 - Governor Nixon Announces Plan For Lottery Education Funding
2014/9/19 4:12:20 - Police: Principal's Sexual Acts With Teen Captured On Cell Phone Video
2014/9/19 4:07:03 - Body Found Floating In Lake Of The Ozarks
2014/9/19 4:00:20 - Convicted Florida Felon Kills His 6 Grandchildren
2014/9/18 15:04:46 - Milan Coaches Shows For Thursday, 9/18/14
2014/9/18 11:28:04 - Mizzou, UCONN Agree To Home-And-Home Football Series
2014/9/18 10:54:16 - Teen Crashes SUV After Friend Sets Fire To Underarm Hair
2014/9/18 10:45:40 - Cat Euthanized, Shot By Neighbor With 9 Blow Darts
2014/9/18 9:30:00 - Strong Benton Tennis Team Shuts Down Trenton
2014/9/18 9:28:38 - Tickets For Potential Royals Playoff Games Now On Sale
2014/9/18 9:00:00 - Wright Memorial Hospital To Offer Reduced Cost Health Screenings
2014/9/18 8:47:28 - Court Of Appeals To Hold Session At Milan
2014/9/18 8:41:03 - Poker Run Set To Assist Trenton Toddler
2014/9/18 8:40:00 - Two Trenton Residents Charged In Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Case
2014/9/18 8:35:38 - Entries Continue For Missouri Days Parade



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM