Expo Center Economic Impact on Abilene

By Kimberly Sears | ksears@ktab.tv

Published 07/30 2014 06:26PM

Updated 09/11 2014 04:32PM

The Taylor County Expo Center never seems to slow down. This week, they are hosting the Youth InVinci-Bull Riders World Champions.

The finals began today, Wednesday, July 30th, and go until Sunday, August 3rd. There are over three hundred kids from all over the United States competing in the championship.

The Youth InVinci-Bull Riders World Champions alone help boost the economy with around $800,000 dollars spent and 1,200 visitors. But over the course of the year the Expo Center generates around $20 million dollars.

Rochelle Johnson, General Manager of Expo Center, says that in order to keep up with other newer facilities they will need to update their own building.

During last week's budget meeting, Johnson asked for general maintenance of the building. Johnson asked last year for funding of new stalls but it was turned down.

Johnson said that with many new facilities going up nearby such as Midland, Waco, and San Angelo, they will need to make sure their facility is better than others.

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