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Economic impact of Training for Life Campus benefits Missouri

The economic impact of the SOMO Training for Life Campus will be significant, according to SOMO officials. The 44,000 sq. ft. facility, to be built in Jefferson City, is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Since a facility like the Training for Life Campus does not currently exist, it will become a new tourist destination for athletes and families from Missouri and throughout the United States. 

A majority of the 1,200 Special Olympics athletes who will visit the campus each year will travel from across the state of Missouri. These individuals will stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and shop during their visit to the Training for Life Campus.

The estimated economic impact from tourism by athletes alone is expected to be between $227,124 and $378,541 in the first year of operation. In addition, one coach or chaperone usually accompanies every four athletes.

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