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Public Hearing Held on Proposed Fox Cities Expo Center

Supporters for the Fox Cities Expo Center weren't met by much opposition Wednesday night - as they lobbied for the project to remain on the books.


Supporters for the Fox Cities Expo Center weren't met by much opposition Wednesday night - as they lobbied for the project to remain on the books.

 

"If they remove it from the budget quite honestly I think the project is dead," said supporter Jennifer Stephany.

 

Supporters say the center would bring in over 8 million dollars annually in visitor spending, along with an additional 18,000 room nights at next door's Radisson Paper Valley

 

 

"It's not just about making the expo center profitable," said Pam Seidl. "It will make the downtown businesses profitable. Restaurants, dining, nightlife - when people travel they eat out, they shop, they go out, so it could be a great thing for downtown Appleton."

 

The current budget includes $3.4 million for the project, but taxpayers worried about footing the bill were non-existent at the public hearing. Supporters say they hope council members take that into account.

 

 

"They need to believe in the vision that downtown Appleton is the heart of the fox cities, and this project is going to keep us there," said Stephany.

 

The council will gather here on November 13th for final deliberation and to vote on the 2014  budget. 

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