Monday The State Games of America announced the sports event will be coming to Colorado Springs in 2009. More than 12,000 athletes are expected to compete in 29 sports during those games.
The games were in Colorado Springs last summer and it generated a lot of money for the local economy, according to local tourism experts.
Terry Sullivan with Experience Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak says the athletes and their families filled every hotel room in the area, and spent an average of five days in Southern Colorado.
Organizers say it could bring in $12 million to the local economy, generating hundreds of thousands in tax revenue.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation both agreed at the news conference these games will help out the economy. The games were held in Colorado Springs in 2005, and will be held again here in 2007 and in 2009.
Officials say if the right person comes to the games, it could mean even more to help the local economy in the long term.
"If they can experience the wonderful climate we have here, what a great place for business this is, the opportunity to maybe grow a company, expand a company, or actually move their company here increases," said Mike Kazmierski of the Economic Development Corporation.
Five other cities bid for the games. It cost $50,000 for the city to bid on the games.
To volunteer or learn more about the State Games of America, log onto www.thesportscorp.org.
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