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Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill indicated the Town would fund the newly re-branded Knoxville Open with its traditional $10,000 at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Feb. 25.

“In the past, we have typically given the tournament a donation of $10,000. I’m going to propose that we do that again this year,” McGill said.

There was no vote on the proposal because no such item was on the agenda, but McGill said the Board could officially vote at a later date.

The Town has given the Knoxville Open a $10,000 donation for at least eight years, Town Recorder Allison Myers said.

“I understand they need to have an indicator by Monday [March 1], and that’s the indication they can take from this meeting,” McGill said.

Economic Development Committee member David Purvis presented the Board with a statement prepared by the EDC: “The Economic Development Committee of the town of Farragut fully supports and recognizes the positive economic impact of the Knoxville Open golf tournament, and recommends to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that they take appropriate steps to ensure this event remains a part of the community.”

“Although we cannot ascertain the exact economic impact [of the tournament], we do know it’s a positive impact,” Purvis said.

“All of us in business here have realized that whenever this event occurs, we see a lot more traffic in our businesses. We know it has an impact on our Sales Tax collections.”

Losing the event “would be a negative for us as a Town,” he added.

Alderman John Williams asked Town Administrator David Smoak to research whether Knoxville or Knox County would be donating any funds to the re-named Energy Corridor Classic.

Alderman Bob Markli pointed out now would be an ideal time for Farragut to assert itself into the golf tournament, which has been held in Farragut 14 years.

“It’s interesting to note that the Knoxville Open has been held for 20 years now, and it has never been held in Knoxville,” he said.

The Open has been held in Knox County and in Farragut.

“This is an excellent opportunity to negotiate … a lot of times you can’t have a breakthrough until you have a breakdown, and I think we’re at that point.

“I’d really like to see the town of Farragut get exposure out of this,” he added.

“There’s a lot of branding opportunity to work on,” Markli said, adding even Fox Den Country Club’s business cards say it’s located in “Knoxville.”

“The Town really needs to support this and work closely with the Town to get some exposure out of it,” he added.


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