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  • PGA Tour Wyndham Championship Pledges To Help Create Local Jobs

    Wyndham Championship Pledges
    To Help Bring Jobs To Triad
    The PGA Tour Wyndham Championship has “pledged some proceeds to help bring jobs to the Triad," and a group of business leaders will "meet soon to work out the details,” according to Richard Barron of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. Triad Charitable Golf Foundation Chair Bobby Long, whose group runs the event, and BB&T President & CEO Kelly King said that the event wants to “go beyond charities and donate money to local programs that can build jobs.” The event has earned between $300,000-400,000 annually, and Wyndham Championship BOD member Jim Melvin said that he “hopes that about half that money could go into economic development projects.” Long said that he “wants the golf championship to have a bigger impact on the region than it has in the past.” Melvin and Long said that “two priorities are helping" the Piedmont Triad Partnership "continue a work force preparedness effort after a federal grant runs out next year and, also, to promote this region worldwide.” It is “not clear whether the Piedmont Triad Partnership or some other group would handle the Wyndham’s contribution,” but Melvin said that he “isn’t interested in creating more bureaucracy than necessary.” Long added that “aerospace, high-tech science research and home furnishings offer prime opportunities for an economic revival.” Long: “We can spread the word worldwide through the golf tournament. Most communities struggle like crazy to find one project that can be a game changer and we’ve got three” (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 8/28).

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  • Tour Of Utah Looks To Build Profile After Successful '09 Event

    This year's race earned the Tour of Utah a "new level of national respect and some big goals for the future," according to Jared Eborn of the DESERET NEWS. The event is "already one of the top races in the country," but some have "questioned whether Utah can support the event." However, based on crowds for the six-day event, which ended Sunday, there is "certainly a market for the sport." Cyclist Jeff Louder: "The crowds have been unbelievable. ... The race just keeps growing and getting better." Larry H. Miller Group of Companies CEO Greg Miller, whose company owns the event, said, "I believe, within a few short years, that Tour of Utah will become a cornerstone event. I look forward to the progression of that." Tour of Utah Exec Dir Terry McGinnis said that after a "small step forward next year," the goal is to take the '11 race "significantly higher and seek a spot" on the Int’l Cycling Union (UCI) schedule. The Tour de Georgia "previously held that distinction but was canceled this year because of funding issues," and the Tour of Missouri has been on "precarious financial footing and was nearly canceled this season." Should the economy "rebound and sponsors sign on," McGinnis believes that the Tour of Utah "would make a perfect addition to the UCI calendar's growing American leg." McGinnis: "That's Greg (Miller's) version of the race and mine, as well. We will look very hard at doing that in 2011" (DESERET NEWS, 8/27).

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