(Alexandria, MN) Explore Alexandria Tourism is an organization that does a lot to promote the hospitality and tourism industry in the Lake District. He is a big supporter of the proposed changes to the Runestone Community Center. Explore Alex Executive Director James Feist wrote a letter explaining their thoughts on what the expansion would mean for the region (LETTER BELOW):
The recent developments of the Runestone Community Center expansion becoming a reality is great news for the community and the future of tourism! The increased demand and growth of several user groups over the years has limited the opportunities for continued growth of the program due to the limited space available at the community center. The tournaments were unable to reach their full hosting potential and the dry ground events were unable to grow or add new events to the community center schedule. When Alexandria hosts tournaments and events, visitors come to spend money in our community in many areas including accommodation, restaurants, convenience stores, retail stores and more. RCC is crucial for this economic activity to occur, and has the ability to expand that impact after expansion.
It’s no secret that tourism is a very important part of Alexandria’s economic impacts. What is perhaps not as well known within these tourism impacts is the importance of Alexandria’s ability to host tournaments, especially in winter. Using the data collected during the Alexandria Region Hockey Association tournaments, we can make calculations of their estimated economic impacts on the community. Additionally, with the opening of the NorthStar Sports Complex in 2018, we can measure the immense growth that has been achieved with the additional ice time available at NorthStar. In addition, these tournaments could continue to grow with the expansion of the RCC, adding around 40 to 50 additional visiting teams per season, with a possible future total of hosting 170 to 180 teams out of town. This goes from an estimated economic impact of $ 1.4 million per season before the NorthStar complex to $ 3.3 million with the ability to use both RCC and the NorthStar complex, and an expected impact. $ 5 million per season with the addition of RCC. expansion.
Other user groups, sports and dry-ground events will also have the space to develop. The dry ground events will have additional space to expand on the events currently being held, and new events will have the opportunity to bring new experiences to our region. The demand for ice time has capped the number of events hosted by the Figure Skating Club of Alexandria, and they hope to add 2-3 more events per year after the expansion, which could include sanctioned competitions. MN State! The curling club has been limited to one league curling night per week due to the current demand for ice time. The expansion would give leagues more time, which could double their participants and possibly add a youth league. This growth means more Bonspiels, which can attract visitors for multiple days of accommodation, dining, shopping and more.
This expansion of facilities means an expansion of economic impacts and quality of life. Explore Alexandria Tourism is thrilled and asks others to join us in supporting the expansion of the Runestone Community Center.
Explore Alexandria Tourism