May 06, 2011
Eric Granstrom is on a mission . . The marketing director for
the Wenatchee Valley Sports Council has been passing the hat for funds to ensure that the Washington State Winter
Olympics Winter Games remain in Wenatchee. Wenatchee Bureau Chief Steve Hair reports that Granstrom got some good
news on that front this week . .
30-thousand dollars is the amount needed to cover the facility costs to
host the games in 2012. Almost half of that has already been pledged through a tax supported Tourism Promotion
Fund administered through the Wenatchee Valley Visitors Bureau.
Granstrom made his pitch to the Chelan
County Port Commission Thursday morning and came away with the Port’s pledge for 25 thousand dollars over the next
five years. Granstrom came away encouraged that he’s getting closer to the finish line . .
Olympics has agreed in principal to a long-term deal to keep the Olympics in Wenatchee. But Granstrom cautioned
Port Commissioners that unless the needed funds are confirmed my May 19th there is a chance that the Special
Olympics executive board could decide to put the games out to bid. He says if the games go away, the hit to the
local economy could total over 800-thousand dollars.