TAYLOR, TEXAS - Work is nearly complete on the Williamson County Expo Center expansion, and county leaders are expecting the multi-million dollar space to bring more visitors to the area.
Williamson County said the expansion was built with funds from a 2013 bond election, and ground was broken on Sept. 25, 2015. County officials tell KVUE they expect the $12.4 million expansion to bring in more money in the long run and create a trickle effect in the regional economy.
"The county believes it will definitely have an impact in the City of Taylor, the hotels, restaurants, and food establishments, but we also think it will have a ring of impact to neighboring communities,” said County Commissioner Valerie Covey.
"Just as the regional sports fields have been bringing people in weekly, I think that the expo center will also bring in additional people to this community, we're in the beaten path, so anything to draw people out is a wonderful thing,” said Wayne Mueller, owner of Louie Mueller Barbecue.
The expo center’s expansion includes an indoor expo hall, which is still under construction. In addition to the original 29,400 square feet, the new 15,000 square foot expansion will include a conference and meeting room, along with catering area and future RV site.
"A couple of family restrooms, and then the concession facilities. We will have a year-round concessionaire,” said Expo Center Manager Clint Chitsey.
The outdoor portion of the center is complete, and the Taylor Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. GO HERE for more information about the rodeo.
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