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Preparations for World Equestrian Games ongoing as event nears

Preparations for World Equestrian Games ongoing as event nears


A MONTH FROM TODAY… SOME OF THE BEST HORSEBACK RIDERS IN THE WORLD WILL BE GATHERING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA… FOR THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES. BUT IS POLK COUNTY READY? AND IS THE FACILITY READY? 7 NEWS REPORTER ANNE MAXWELL HAS BEEN WORKING TO GET ANSWERS … SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN MILL SPRINGS… 3 THERE IS STILL ALOT OF WORK TO BE DONE… YOU CAN SEE LOTS OF RED CLAY… CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND ORANGE BARRELS… 3 BUT THE COO TELLS ME IT WILL BE READY IN TIME FOR THE GAMES… LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THE EVENT WILL BEING A HUGE ECONOMIC BOOST THAT REACHES ACROSS WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND INTO THE UPSTATE. 3 EVERY FOUR YEARS … ELITE ATHLETES GATHER FOR THE WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES. Sharon Decker/ Chief Operating Officer, Tryon International Equestrian Center 59:29 It’s been in Acken, Germany. It’s been in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s been in Rome, Italy. And right here in Mill Spring North Carolina. FOR TWO WEEKS IN SEPTEMBER, THE TRYON INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTER WILL BE THE CENTER OF THE EQUESTRIAN WORLD…AND BETWEEN 300 AND 400 THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL BE COMING IN TOWN FOR IT…. THE NC DEPERTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN WORKING TO PREPARE FOR THE INFLUX … FOR SOME LOCALS, THAT’S A HEADACHE. SOT Brooklyn Alexander/ Lives in Polk County 35:05 The working on the interstate. They’re working o the highways. There’s construction everywhere. I don’t think there’s a day in the past two weeks that I haven’t been late for work. TO ACCOMODATE THE TRAFFIC, THE NCDOT HAS ACCELEARATED A 19-POINT- MILLION DOLLAR ROAD PROJECT BY THREE YEARS. Anne Maxwell/ [email protected] STANDUP Decker tells me the roadwork will be done in time for the games… including digging a new road under this overpass. POLK COUNTY EMS HAS ALSO SET UP A MOBILE HOSPITAL AND COMMAND UNIT TO SERVE MORE PEOPLE. SOT Myron Yoder/ Vice Chair, Polk County Commission 3:13 I just want to say zero is coming out of our budget…of course we have extra loads on our local personnel… THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA HAS EARMARKED A MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR MORE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS TO WORK DURING THE GAMES. BUT OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTING AN EVEN BIGGER ECONOMIC PAYOFF …. Sharon Decker 59:52 We would anticipate between 200 million and 400 million for the entire region. 3 THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER HAS ONLY BEEN HERE FOUR YEARS… IT’S BEEN A 160 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT SO FAR…AND THE COO TELLS ME THEY PLAN TO INVEST TWICE AS MUCH OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS… AND CONTINUE TO ATTRACT EVENTS. IN MILL SPRING NORTH CAROLINA, ANNE MAXWELL 7 NEWS. 3 DID ALL OF THE RAIN AND FLOODING WE SAW IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA EARLIER THIS YEAR AFFECT THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE GAMES? YES A REP FROM THE DOT AND DECKER TELL ME THEY LOST A LOT OF WORK DAYS BECAUSE OF THE RAIN…AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE WORKING RIGHT UP TO THE DEADLINE… BUT THEY’RE GOING TO GET IT DONE.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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