The Church of the Nazarene and the United Church Pentecostal International have signed on to bring conventions to downtown Louisville because of the new arena, according to the long-awaited announcement made today by Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson in Frankfort.
The other announcement was that Metro Louisville is getting a $3 million grant to use to make improvements on Second Street between Main and River Road. It’ll pay for traffic intersections, sidewalks, accessibility/mobility, landscaping, lighting, architectural enhancement, utilities and creations for a public gathering space.
According to the release, the two national church conventions, which start in 2011 and 2013, have a $10 million potential impact on the local economy. The Nazarene event will bring 12,000 guest in July 2011, and the second church event will bring 13,000 in 2013.
Both Beshear and Abramson said it was the start of more to come. Here’s Hizzoner’s canned quote:
“We are pleased that the Church of the Nazarene and United Pentecostal Church International said “yes” to Louisville and, with the package we now have to offer, we look forward to more convention announcements in coming months.”