City has yet to hire a PR firm because they believe they need more specificity than supplied

Crossville – According to Crossville City Manager Greg Wood, the city has not yet hired a public relations firm for the proposed indoor recreation center, but they “most likely” will move forward with a request for proposals for such an agency.

Wood said the city has not hired a PR firm because they need more “specificity than supplied.” He also told the Upper Cumberland Business Journal that he thinks much of the backlash the city received following the announcement of the proposed facility, and the subsequent bond acquisition public notice, was due to “misinformation” by “no growth opponents” of the project.

“There has been a lot of misinformation put out there by no growth opponents, i.e. a $65 million price tag for the project,” said Wood. “The cost should be nowhere near that, and the economic benefits of an indoor recreation facility are very significant.”

Wood says the city is growing, and with it, there is a need for facilities like the so-called “swim center.”

“With Whisper Aero and Tennessee Tech research centers now located in Crossville,” said Wood, “we need amenities to sustain and grow a younger professional population.”

A price tag has yet to be officially attached to a PR agency, but Wood said once the city has heard the proposals the price would become clearer.

This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates.

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