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Louisville Commission In A Bind After County Slashes Funds

The Greater Louisville Sports Commission (GLSC) is "feeling the pinch" of a $75,000 funding cut by Jefferson County, KY, according to Sheldon Shafer of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. GLSC Exec Dir Andy Jugan said the funding cut "has put us in a critical situation. ... It's caused me to stop doing what I am supposed to be doing — marketing the community — and having to shift focus to fund raising." Shafer reported since spring '00, the GLSC has helped book events, such as the World BMX Cycling Championships, that are "expected to generate more than $20[M] for the local economy." Jefferson Co. Commissioner Darryl Owens: "The sports commission has done a good job, but [the cut] was a matter of priorities" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/7).

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