Ottumwa Council to hear financial report for Bridge View Center Tuesday

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Ottumwa City Council will hear a briefing on the details of the Bridge View Center's fiscal year, which includes finances, event days, attendance and spending.

According to the Bridge View Center's Executive Director, the facility did tremendously from July of 2012 to June of 2013. Larry Gawronski reported that 410 event days were held throughout that year, bringing 100,555 people through the doors.

Gawronski said that not only was Bridge View under their budget for the year, but the money spent by those 100,000-some people throughout the year added up to almost $1 million. With a 60% retention rate of that revenue, that equals $2,702,588 of economic impact.

While making money is an obvious benefit, Gawronski said the biggest strength of the Bridge View Center is becoming well known for community events such as weddings, banquets and receptions.

"Sometimes you're here to make money and we want to do that for the community, but sometimes you're here to make friends," he said. "And we want to build that community spirit, we want to build the positive feeling that people have for Bridge View, or those that are thinking it's not for them -- it really is."

The Ottumwa council will also get reports from Bridge View Center Incorporated and the Ottumwa Convention and Visitor's Bureau.