Council Approves Negotiations on Conference Center-Hotel Project
JACKSON, Tenn. – The owners of the Jackson Generals want to bring a new hotel and convention center to Jackson, and they want to use city tax revenue to help make the project happen. The Jackson Baseball Club and Industrial Development Board asked the city council for approval of early planning discussions for the project. The plan right now is to have the convention center built in the area near Pringles Park. It would have a 8,000 to 12,000 square feet of meeting space and would either sit next to or be connected to the 136 room hotel. Planners want to use TIF revenue, or local tax money from the area to get the project underway. Councilwoman Vicky Foote was the person on the council to vote against the resolution. She said there needs to be more research on the benefits the convention center could bring to the city. Residents say they’re excited about the idea. “It’d bring more people to Jackson and sort of help out everybody and we’re sort of bring in the crowd and help all those stores out,” said Bobby Eaton. The industrial development board plans to bring their research and plans to the city council in less than six months.