WTAW Radio Bryan/College Station 2013 Showcase Award EntryHeadliners Foundation Showcase 2013 Monday, September 16th, 2013
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.”Comments-from-Hunter-Goodwin-August-22-2013.mp3
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.WTAW-on-air-story-August-22-2013.mp3
Below are the online links to the remaining stories and interviews during continuing coverage of Kyle Field’s redevelopment:
Short URL: http://wtaw.com/?p=69313