With the new hotel and convention center still months away from opening, Parsons city leaders say there’s even more development set to happen at a major intersection.
Tonight Parsons city commissioners will vote to give final approval to plans for a new car dealership near the intersection of Highways 59 and 400 at a meeting tonight. That area is the focus of future economic development for the city. Parsons Economic Development Director Jim Zaleski says as more businesses express interest in that area, it makes it more attractive to others.
“The snowball effect is very real. In the economic development community we call it ‘critical mass.’ Creating critical mass means that people are going to come together to shop for several different things. Even if there’s some competitors across the road from one another, it makes them both stronger,” says Zaleski.
Zaleski says the hotel and convention center could be open for business as soon as the end of this year, weather permitting.