Greater Sudbury, June 21, 2017: The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is very encouraged by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) report that there are two viable options for the location of the new arena/events centre and look forward to council’s decision on Tuesday, June 27.
The chamber supports the construction of a new arena/events centre and is advocating that it be built downtown. The chamber is supporting the downtown location because of the immediate economic benefits it would provide to the community and because it would benefit the city’s long-range revenue and expenditure structure.
The chamber has advocated that economic impact be treated as the single most important criterion in selecting a site for the new arena and the report by PWC released on Monday, June 19, 2017 indicates that the greatest impact would come from a facility in the downtown. As PWC’s report states, there is already a critical mass of businesses downtown that would see an economic boost from a new arena.
Nevertheless, the chamber emphasizes that the most important thing is that council decide on a location for the arena and proceed with its construction, regardless of whether it chooses the downtown or the Kingsway location.
“A new arena has the potential to bring increased economic growth to our community and council needs to move forward with this project,” said Tracy Nutt, Chair of the Board, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. “The PWC report indicates that the greatest economic impact will come from an arena located in the downtown, and for that reason we urge council to select the downtown site. But first and foremost, the arena should be built, wherever council decides to build it.”
For more information, please contact:
Policy and Communications Manager
Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
705-673-7133 ext. 224