News from Branson Mayor Presley
Contact: Raeanne Presley
110 West Maddux St. Suite 210
Branson, MO 65616
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Subject: Branson Mayor Reflects on 2014 City Goals
Branson, Mo.--As the figures prove for the year 2014, there is great economic momentum in Branson, Missouri. That does not complete the story. More improvements to Branson, one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the nation according to TripAdvisor, are destined to come.
After the national economic recession and the tornado of 2012, Branson overcame those set-backs in a mighty way.
“Branson endures and will continue to do so because of the great effort of the residents & businesses who make this city a destination worth visiting,” Mayor Raeanne Presley said. “Based on the economic reports, Branson achieved a come-back after facing challenging obstacles, all while maintaining a balanced budget.”
The year saw a continuing upturn in sales in the historic downtown Branson area. In the year 2012, it stood at a little over $31 million dollars. In 2014, reports indicate it was just under $35 million dollars. Additionally, building permits in historic downtown have increased substantially, with $6 million dollars in private investment in 2014, double the numbers from 2011. The expansion of Cox Medical Center Branson added an additional $20 million in construction for our community.
There is more positive news on Branson’s horizon. After a sports-market analysis, the Board of Aldermen approved an agreement to utilize and renovate the Factory Merchants Mall to become the prime location for Ballparks of America, a youth camp model. This attraction will expand the visitor base for years to come.
“Branson serves as a family-friendly location for such events,” Mayor Presley said. “This idea was reinforced by the successful Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf Tournament held for the first time in 2014 and returning again in April of this year. Branson hospitality is not an idea; it is the culture of the people who make this community great.”
With endurance and success, Branson has set more improvement goals, among which include the Historic Downtown Streetscape project that addresses sewer lines, storm drainage, street trees, parking and the pedestrian experience.
Branson Community Plan 2030 also highlighted the need for city investment in the infrastructure of Hwy 76. The "Spirit of Hwy. 76" Master Plan is an answer to that need. This plan has been approved and engineering is well underway to address pedestrian walk-ability & safety. The look of Hwy. 76 will be transformed with the burying of power lines and landscaping. Transit improvements will add signage & trolleys.
Mayor Presley states, "Our residents, business owners and community leaders can be proud of their past achievements. 2015 is poised to bring new opportunities and excitement to Branson."