Centre, Kentucky’s most exclusive liberal arts college, believes the $3 million that it will spend to host the event is worth every penny because it will serve as both a teaching opportunity and a chance to lure some of the best young brains in the nation and the world.
Danville officials see it as a chance to ultimately draw businesses and new residents to the city that this year was named by CNNMoney as the fourth best place in the United States to retire. ...
Roush said there is no hard evidence to prove the 2000 debate helped the school but he believes hosting debates helps to teach students that they can succeed in whatever they try. ...
He added that no educational money is spent on the debate. The $3 million it costs — including $1.6 million that goes directly to the commission — is raised from donors specifically for the event. ...
Another change is that 12 years ago, Boyle County, in which Danville is located, was completely dry. And despite the fact that the debate was sponsored by beer giant Anheuser-Busch, not a drop of alcohol was to be had.
But in 2003 Danville went “moist,” allowing liquor sales at just a handful of large restaurants. In 2010, the city went “wet,” allowing bars and package liquor stores.
So instead of leaving the county for restaurants where they could have alcohol with dinner, as they did in 2000, visitors are expected this year to partake locally. Scott said there are 14 restaurants with liquor licenses in town and one bar.
But I do have a few comments:
- No hard evidence that the $3 million is worth it? The teaching moment would have to be worth over $2000 for each of the 1300+ Centre College students to make it a good deal.
- No educational money is spent for the event? It is quite possible that the $3 million raised for the debate results in reduced money raised from private donors for educational purposes.
- Can you believe that the 2000 vice presidential debate was awarded to a dry town? The only beer that could be found was at the frat houses. I'm
- Finally, are the rumors true? Joe Biden will drive his Trans Am from DC to Danville and Paul Ryan is organizing a pre-debate marathon?