April 13 2004

[b]Lines from Lucy[/b]

Posted by Kim
Cooperation equals economic boom
by Lucy Halverson

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in eastern Lyman County Friday to mark the beginning of a $2.6 million dollar convention center to be built along the shores of the Missouri River. The ceremony also marked the completion of years of study, planning and work to make the venture possible.

A convention center of this magnitude has the potential to bring thousands of dollars to the area, as it will add jobs to the economy, bring conventioneers to the area and possibly new residents to the county.

A development project this big took the cooperation of city, county and state officials to pull it all together. In addition, if local motel owners within the town of Oacoma hadn't agreed to join together to form a business improvement district the project wouldn't have been feasible. The long range benefits of this large project will certainly be felt in the Oacoma/Chamberlain area, but it will also reverberate further west into Lyman County.

The building project, which is expected to take 10 to 12 months to complete will provide local contractors and craftsmen work. And, once completed the center will definitely need a large staff to host conventions up to 700 people. From managerial positions down to dishwashers, more jobs are a plus for the city of Oacoma and the county of Lyman.

Information released this month from the Population Division of the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that Lyman County's population stayed the same from 2002 through 2003 and actually increased slightly from the 2000 Census. The county hasn't seen the large decreases in population that many others around the state have experienced.


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