900 Court St.
Salem, OR 97301
Rep. Nancy Nathanson
State Representative, District 13
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2012
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Adam Renon – 503-986-1413
Legislature Leverages Funds for Olympic Trials
Grant will leverage state funds for over $30 million in economic activity
SALEM – The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, the interim committee with budget allocation authority, has approved a $550,000 grant to the City of Eugene for next month’s U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.
Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) has been a long-time supporter of the trials in Eugene and continues her work to ensure the event remains in the city. The Trials will run from June 21 to July 1, and will be held primarily at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. The grant will help organizers add extra public safety measures for the event, which is projected to generate $31 million in economic activity in the greater Eugene metro area.
“This is another great opportunity for Eugene, Lane County, and the State of Oregon”, said Representative Nathanson. “The event draws visitors from across the country and around the globe. We’re leveraging state dollars to support an event that brings millions of dollars of economic activity into the metro area and beyond.”
The grant will help defray costs for public safety – fundraising for which is usually difficult for organizers and impossible for state bonding measures.
More information about the Olympic Trials can be found at the event’s official website, http://tracktown12.gotracktownusa.com/.
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