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New Hockey Facility to Replace Hardees IcePlex in Chesterfield
Chesterfield SportsComplex facadeMain rink as seen from upstairs viewing and cafe area. Image courtesy Chesterfield Hockey Association
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 15, 2018 - Construction of a new, state-of-the-art ice hockey and multi-sport ice facility planned for Chesterfield Valley in St Louis, Missouri, is planning ground breaking this fall.
Chesterfield Hockey Association ("CHA"), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, who will own and manage the site, is now raising the final $2 million (of a total $22.5 million project cost) needed to begin construction.
This new facility will replace the Hardees IcePlex, a three-sheet ice facility that was sold and demolished in March 2017. The new facility will serve as the "home rink" to the Chesterfield Falcon hockey teams, several area high school hockey teams, and Chesterfield-based Maryville University, who is starting up a new men's and women's collegiate hockey program this coming fall. The facility will host numerous hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions yearly bringing participants, parents and others from across the Midwest. Discussions with prospective sports rehab and food service providing tenants are also underway.
In a release, Mark Kraus, the president of the board of CHA, said this facility will help grow youth hockey and other ice sports activities in the area and will provide important economic benefits to Chesterfield and the St. Louis region. Support of this project is an investment in a new regional asset that will add to St. Louis' reputation as a sports town.
CHA welcomes discussions with corporations, family offices, government entities and individuals who may wish to explore donor and sponsor opportunities, which include naming rights and various name recognition opportunities. Personal smaller donations can also be made via www.gofundme.com/the-final-2-million. All donations are considered charitable deductions through Chesterfield Hockey's 501(c)(3) status.
Chesterfield Hockey Association was established in 1995 to develop, promote and organize amateur hockey in Chesterfield, MO. CHA provides year-round developmental opportunities and a full spectrum of hockey programs for players ranging in age from 4 to 18 years old. CHA continually strives to be the best Tier II and Tier III hockey club in the area and prides itself on its ability to develop and advance deserving players to Tier I, junior and collegiate programs. A few CHA alums have recently begun careers in the NHL.
Missouri's New Opportunity Zones
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), April 15, 2018 - The locations of the Opportunity Zones were determined by the state of Missouri, and made possible by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Areas with high poverty rates and slow job growth will get a boost as they compete for jobs, with additional state and federal tax incentives for businesses that invest in these communities.
"The Opportunity Zones program will help spur new investments in communities where they're needed most. By bringing investment incentives to underserved areas, the program will help create more jobs, drive economic growth, and improve the quality of life for families across our state. The Opportunity Zones program is another example of how tax reform is directly benefitting Missourians, and turning the page on years of slow growth and stagnant wages. I'm proud to support this program, and I'll keep working to advance pro-growth policies that will help more hardworking families get ahead," said Senator Roy Blunt in a joint release with Governor Eric Greitens.
Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zones program provides investors with a treasury-certified capital-gains tax deferral, based on their investment in the designated areas. The program seeks to revitalize and create jobs in areas that otherwise may not be considered by investors.
Under the law, each state could nominate up to 25 percent of census tracks that met the eligibility requirements for the program, to be designated by the Secretary of the Treasury. In Missouri, the state could nominate up to 161 census tracks to be designated as Opportunity Zones.
To determine which zones were chosen, Missouri relied extensively on local input. Local governments were asked to nominate areas for inclusion in the program by sending a written proposal to the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED).
The communities prioritized their selections and provided DED with information about development plans, and descriptions of recent and future investments. In addition to local recommendations, the state considered the Opportunity Zone's potential to address need and generate investment impact.
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