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Sleep Inn holds open house and ribbon cutting ceremony
By Linda Waggener
Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel held its open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. It was the third such event in a huge 'Red Letter Day' for the Columbia Adair County economy.
Adair County developer Tommy Grider recognized the people who provided support along the way.
He said, "Today has been one of the most pleasurable in my lifetime for the city and county. The day started with the opening of Walmart's new Training Academy, having chosen Columbia for training their management and staff. Then to the ribbon cutting of Brown & Brown, opening their new call center, making one of the biggest impacts on our county. And now here, seeing this crowd of friends and supporters coming together in support of our Sleep Inn -- it means so much."
He recognized the very important service the lenders provided and thanked them for believing in the goal. He thanked the city and county government for support, and his partners in the Sleep Inn project. He said he couldn't have had better partners than builder Terry Harvey and Brown & Brown Insurance Vice President Mike Neal.
Tommy nodded to Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Chamber, and said, "Several years ago at the first Brown & Brown opening, I talked about this dream and I thank you for believing with us."
He said, "We had to have help to do things outside of our experience, like an independent feasibility study in order to apply for a franchise. Once that was done, the study director came back to us and said, "we've never surveyed a community with such positive support -- from everyone -- up to and including both branches of government, city and county, the college as well as support from the chamber of Commerce."
The partners, Sen. Max Wise, County Judge Executive Mike Stephens, Mayor Curtis Hardwick and Sue Stivers all made comments before it was time for the large crowd to assemble for the official ribbon cutting.
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