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Killeen Mayor Wants Entertainment And Recreation Development


The City of Killeen is looking to attract more recreation and entertainment venues to the area specifically targeted toward younger people in the community, but Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin says he isn't happy with the rate in which that development is being done.

Each year, the Killeen Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce split roughly $1.5 million allotted to them by the city to recruit and bring in new businesses to the area, but because of a lack entertainment and recreation venues in Killeen, Corbin is now saying that it's time for the KEDC to start doing more to bring in those businesses, or that $1.5 million could soon be taken away.

During a recent budget workshop, Corbin threatened to take away city funds from the KEDC if more entertainment and recreation growth isn't seen soon.

"I think we need to be able to provide better venues, better entertainment, better quality of life for young people in Killeen, Texas," Corbin said.

Mayor Corbin also says that it's the job of the KEDC to try to bring in those businesses that appeal to all age groups throughout the community, especially the younger demographic.

Corbin says the reason he wants the KEDC to bring in business specifically targeted for young people is so that they can have alternatives and options to choose from when they are looking for places to spend their free time.

"I'm looking at businesses like Malibu Grand Prix, somebody who's got batting cages, miniature golf, go-carts, I'm looking at things for young people to do rather than go get drunk in the bars in Harker Heights," Corbin said.

KEDC president and CEO John Crutchfield says that they are working to try to recruit those types of venues, but community interest and marketplace demand are some of the biggest factors driving whether those businesses can be brought to the area and ultimately become successful.

"We got to get a sense of what the community will support and we've already started doing that, and there's some place design work that we're doing because it doesn't make any sense to bring something here that isn't going to do well and is going to end up closing," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield also said that while entertainment business may be lacking in the community, other business sectors throughout Killeen are rapidly growing and expanding which is a good sign that more recreation venues could ultimately be drawn to the area.

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