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Rain doesn’t slow EDO tourney

By Staff, 06/2/17 1:53 PM

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PRESCOTT – Rain failed to halt the Prescott-Nevada County Economic Development Office’s annual Business and Industry Appreciation Golf Tournament Thursday.

However, it did cause a 30-minute delay for the afternoon flight. The morning flight went off without a hitch with the five teams able to get on and off the course in good time. The afternoon flight was different as rain fell at the 1 p.m. scheduled start, resulting in the delay. Rain also fell throughout the afternoon, but not enough to deter the golfers from a day on the links at the Prescott Country Club.

Once the tourney ended, it was time to dig in to a meal of BBQ brisket, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls and fried pies, while waiting to see who won what in the way of door prizes. There were several prizes, including potted plants, ball caps, golf balls, phones and a fish fryer.

Mary Godwin, executive director of the EDO, welcomed everyone, thanking them for all they do for Prescott and Nevada County.

John Brannon, president of the Bank of Prescott, followed, saying this is the 27th year for Prescott to have an economic development office and 23rd with a paid director. He talked about businesses, such as Cash Savers, investing into the community by making improvements to their businesses, and how the Elkins Ferry project went from an idea to a reality with 448 acres being bought to be turned into a tourist site in the future. He continued, saying work is underway to purchase 808 acres of the Prairie D’Ane battlefield for the same reason. Eventually, he said, a visitor’s center will be built along I-30 and these sites will become tourist attractions.

According to Brannon, the hatchery will be reopening and hiring six or eight people. The processing plant in Gum Springs will also be reopening soon.

Godwin said over the years Prescott and Nevada County have received more than $15 million in grants, which have been used to do projects that otherwise couldn’t have been done. Tourism, she continued, is economic development and the two Civil War battlefields will make a huge difference in Prescott and Nevada County in the future. However, she added, these are long-term projects.

Prescott High School’s team won the morning flight with a score of 59, followed by the City of Prescott with a 61. The afternoon flight was won by the Nevada School District’s team with a 60. The Bank of Prescott and Twin City Transportation tied for second with a 61. L.E. Fults was the closest to the pin, while Larry Carlton had the longest drive. Twin City Transportation was also tabbed best dressed team.

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