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Our Opinion

As Yankton's own history attests, economic development can come in many forms and guises - and sometimes it can make something out of, relatively speaking, nothing.

Such is the case for the new archery facility planned for the east edge of Yankton.

Initial plans for the facility, which will house the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) headquarters, were announced a few months ago, and they immediately offered the promise of attracting some national archery meets, and at least one international tournament, to the Yankton area in the coming years. That will mean more visitors to this community - visitors who will spend money and will tell others of their experiences here. It was a plan that, as it was, offered some real promise for an economic boost.


But last week, it was announced that the plans for the new headquarters had grown immensely. The original 5,000-square-foot proposal has now turned into a 13,000-square-foot project, representing an investment of up to $2 million. This will give Yankton one of the few state-of-the-art archery-training facilities in the county. It is expected to offer Olympic-style facilities, which will certainly be an attraction, and host at least one Olympic coach.

Suddenly, Yankton is poised to become one of the prime archery centers in the nation.

It's an intriguing development considering that archery was never seen as a huge recreational activity here. It wasn't rejected or dismissed by anyone; it simply wasn't presented in the proper venue.

It's going to be now, much to Yankton's benefit.

(By the way, kudos to Bruce Cull, president of the NFAA and co-owner of Yankton's Dakota Archery & Outdoor Sports, and Mayor Curt Bernard for being instrumental in making this deal happen.)

As stated earlier, it's not the first time this kind of development has happened. One need only look to the west and Gavins Point Dam to see the effect it had on local recreation. Here we are, a landlocked community, pushing Hobie Cat sailing and sunny beaches as part of our local recreational menu. You can thank the Pick-Sloan Act for that, because by authorizing the dams along the Missouri River, it redefined the character of this region and created new industries that pumped millions of dollars a year into the local economy. And that is a healthy plus for everyone here, whether you've ever picked up a bow or not.

Obviously, a new archery headquarters doesn't figure to have the same level of impact on our area that Gavins Point Dam did, but the archery project certainly is going to infuse some exciting new possibilities into the area. Besides the influx of archery enthusiasts, the project may well also produce industrial development associated with the sport, which could mean new jobs, a nice infusion into the local tax base and yet a new facet to Yankton's identity.

The relocation of the national archery headquarters to Yankton is an exciting development; the scope of the project at hand is a tremendous extension of the potential of the project. This area's recreational offerings, which are among the most diverse in the Midwest, are about to expand again. Nothing but good can come from that.