Questions of funding derail sports tourism office proposal

Franklin won’t spend tax dollars to form a new organization that would attract sporting events to the city because of doubts about how to fund it.

The visitors who come to Franklin for youth sports or arts events spend about $1 million per year on hotels, restaurants and shops. That impact could double or triple if a group worked to attract more events to the city, a study by an Indiana University professor said.

A group that includes city officials, Franklin Community Schools, Franklin College and Johnson Memorial Hospital originally proposed forming a nonprofit sports corporation that would focus on booking new events. A full-time director would organize more tournaments that could be conducted at the high school or college facilities.

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