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WTAW Radio Bryan/College Station 2013 Showcase Award Entry

Submitted by Bill Oliver
News Director, WTAW Radio
Bryan/College Station TX

Negotiations took place between January and August 2013 involving the use of local Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) money as one funding source for the $450 million dollar redevelopment of Kyle Field, the football stadium at Texas A&M University.

Multiple parties were involved, including A&M, the A&M System, the cities of College Station and Bryan, Brazos County, and the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

On August 22, representatives of all the participating agencies gathered at Kyle Field’s Zone Club to sign a ceremonial poster board that formalized the exchange of $36 million in HOT funds over a 30 year period in exchange for the CVB to reserve A&M facilities at reduced or no cost. This agreement is believed to be the first of its kind anywhere.

During this news conference, CVB Board Chairman Hunter Goodwin thanked the local media and specifically WTAW News Director Bill Oliver for his “steadfastness and consistency and integrity through the whole process.”



Click HERE for the online story from the August 22 ceremony.

This was the second of two major ceremonies held that day in Bryan/College Station, following groundbreaking on what Bryan officials considered the largest private employer in city history.

Click below for the on-air story from the August 22 ceremony & groundbreaking.



Below are the online links to the remaining stories and interviews during continuing coverage of Kyle Field’s redevelopment:

January 15 2013 Kyle Field Update Coming Wednesday afternoon

January 16 2013 Agreement in Principle

January 17 2013 Interview With CVB Board Chairman on WTAW’s The Infomaniacs

February 22 2013 A&M Students Vote Against Kyle Field Referendum

February 26 2013 Seating Capacity For Redeveloped Kyle Field Still Unknown

April 30 2013 Kyle Field Returns to Board of Regents Agenda

May 1 2013 A&M Regents Approve Kyle Field Redevelopment

May 23 2013 CSISD & CVB Work Out Graduations at Reed Arena

June 14 2013 CS Council Asks Kyle Field Redevelopment Questions

June 25 2013 Proposal Includes CVB Access to A&M Facilities

June 29 2013 Vote Postponed

July 11 2013 CS Council Approves Agreement

July 23 2013 Brazos County Approves Agreement

July 24 2013 Interview with CVB President on WTAW’s 5 O’Clock Newshour

July 25 2013 State Board Approves Redevelopment

August 7 2013 Redevelopment Included in A&M Regents Agenda

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Posted by on Sep 16 2013. Filed under Headliners Foundation Showcase 2013.
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