So it looks like the Event Center for Downtown Kalamazoo is now on hold
During the Kalamazoo County Committee of the Whole Meeting May 4th Professor William Kern presented information about sports stadium subsidies
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With his working paper from the North American Association of Sport Economist, (which until today didn't knew existed) Professor Kern finds that they find that " Stadiums, Arenas, and Sport Franchises have no consistent, positive impact on jobs, income, and tax revenues".
That takes us back to square ONE, If not an arena (oops event center) what should Kalamazoo put in an empty parking lot in a very high traffic location downtown? I have some possibilities and the best answer, and I'll lay it out during the show today. (OK one clue, what is Kalamazoo known for?)
Listen today at 3:10pm on 590, 96-5 WKZO
I have officially pitched the idea on the show of locating the "Gibson Guitar Hall of Fame" in that spot.
Fund it like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, with a mix of public and private money.
Every year a new Gibson artist comes to Kalamazoo to be inducted into the hall of fame. Those that donate can be part of the intimate concert at the hall of fame.
Also have a small performance hall inside, along with a bar/restaurant, and plenty of Gibson memorabilia.