(STATEHOUSE) March 3, 2008 - Crossroads USA Arena and Expo marked its first event last weekend with the 2008 Cloverdale Invitational Rodeo. Although the horse arena will not open officially until next week, this event is just the first of more than 20 shows scheduled for 2008. State Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) is one of many local and state officials who worked to see this project come to fruition.
"Cloverdale should see huge growth in its local economy coming from the arena," said Rep. Thomas. "New businesses will be attracted to the area to accommodate the large influx of people, and in turn, there will be new jobs for folks in our communities. Additionally, I see Crossroads becoming a source of great pride to the people of Cloverdale and surrounding areas, a place where neighbors will gather and work to promote all of the great things Putnam County has to offer."
The new horse arena houses 192,000 square feet under one roof and is the first and only large, indoor venue of its kind in Indiana. Local support and investor interest in the arena kept construction right on schedule, and the town council agreed to all efforts to secure its success.
There were delays, however, in trying to approve the arena's hookup to Cloverdale's sewer system. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) refused to allow the hookup unless Cloverdale made necessary updates and improvements to its sewer system.
Rep. Thomas worked with IDEM to secure a waiver that would allow Crossroads to connect with Cloverdale's sewer system, so long as Cloverdale's town council was able to appropriate funds for the improvements.
"Things move slowly with government agencies, and the Department of Environmental Management is particularly busy and over-loaded," explained Rep. Thomas. "I kept in conversations with officials from the governor's office and IDEM in an attempt to speed up the snail's pace of government. Fortunately, it seemed to work and I am anxious to see the economic rewards Cloverdale will surely reap from this project."
For more information about this and other issues, Rep. Thomas encourages constituents to contact him through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.