Grand Opening for El Dorado Conference Center

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The facility was funded by a city sales tax, a five million dollar donation from Murphy Oil, and donations from South Arkansas Community College. Full Story
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SHICKS

Little Rock, AR

#1 Feb 24, 2011
The conference center is really nice! But, what i wanted to know why build a conference center & high school when population is decreasing and no jobs to keep people here? If another plant closes in Eldorado this will be a ghost town!
Retired

El Dorado, AR

#2 Feb 25, 2011
SHICKS wrote:
The conference center is really nice! But, what i wanted to know why build a conference center & high school when population is decreasing and no jobs to keep people here? If another plant closes in Eldorado this will be a ghost town!
You might add that at least the planners with the new high school provided 800 on site parking spaces for 1200 people on campus. The conference center has about 100 on site parking spaces for a potential of 1200 people. Parking is as important as heating and cooling to attract guests. Ms. Garner, the marketing manager, is very much limited in her ability to sell this space for conferences
when you limit the parking.
Oopsie Daisy

El Dorado, AR

#3 Feb 25, 2011
If you built it, they will come.
meow

El Dorado, AR

#4 Feb 25, 2011
I think they are counting on overflow parking in the area of the center.
dr twink 2 point 0

United States

#5 Feb 25, 2011
meow wrote:
I think they are counting on overflow parking in the area of the center.
I agree. A special thanks needs to be sent out to Brookshire's and Bancorp South for their parking spaces
Jason

El Dorado, AR

#6 Feb 25, 2011
meow- The problem is they don't own the nearby property. Do you think Brookshires wants them to use their parking lot and damage its business. Very poor planning and preparation from the get go.
meow

El Dorado, AR

#7 Feb 25, 2011
Jason, I know. I just wanted people to think about things. Those places may have to put up signs, like some of downtown.
welch

Mount Morris, MI

#9 Feb 25, 2011
the conference center the new el dorado high school el dorado promise are wonderful things going on in this town but in reality its not enough to reverse the population decline not having quality jobs and i agree god forbid if lion oil and/or murphy oil move out of here el dorado would be small as camden i think having more job opportunites in order to keep people in a community
Leonard Skinner

El Dorado, AR

#10 Feb 25, 2011
Yes, in Camden, all it took was the paper mill closing down. I heard Murphy has one foot out the door already. It's so sad.

Since: Jun 10

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#11 Feb 25, 2011
same has been said for Lion Oil.
whatever

Warren, AR

#12 Feb 25, 2011
Lion would never be out of business it is too logisitically situated to serve outside of this town. Lion is never going to close unless we stop driving with gas. Nice try but not gonna happen.
Jacksonville

El Dorado, AR

#13 Feb 25, 2011
whatever wrote:
Lion would never be out of business it is too logisitically situated to serve outside of this town. Lion is never going to close unless we stop driving with gas. Nice try but not gonna happen.
You are wrong- Obama and his democrats are detemined to get a cap and trade tax that would cause Lion Oil to close. If Obama does not get this tax from Congress then he plans to hit them with stringent EPA regulations they can't meet. Obama wants to keep us dependent on the middle east for our oil supply. Obama has already put off limits many areas to drill for oil in this country.
whatever

Warren, AR

#14 Feb 25, 2011
Point being that someone would buy that refinery, it is the northern most refinery on one of the biggest pipelines in the nation which means it is a viable piece of that pipelines existence. That's like saying cap and trade will close all refineries in the nation.....simma on that one for a sec.
Parking

Arlington, TX

#16 Mar 3, 2011
An event of 1000 or more will happen very few times a year, and at night after most professional business hours (like the bank). A parking study was done, showing an enormous amount of unused parking in the area. Look at on street parking on Washington, less than one block away, for example... There is room to add parking, if deemed needed. It is dumb to spend the money until it is determined that you need to. It is smart planning. Give it a chance.
Betty

El Dorado, AR

#17 Mar 4, 2011
QUOTE who="Parking"An event of 1000 or more will happen very few times a year, and at night after most professional business hours (like the bank). A parking study was done, showing an enormous amount of unused parking in the area. Look at on street parking on Washington, less than one block away, for example... There is room to add parking, if deemed needed. It is dumb to spend the money until it is determined that you need to. It is smart planning. Give it a chance.
Having ample convenient parking for a conference center is as important as having heat light and power. Someone thinking that people will park down the street and in the neighborhoods to attend a meeting is ridiculus. This is a nice new facility but it is surrounded by old blighted structures that attract misfits. There is the unsolved murder just a block away. As said, the high school has 800 parking spaces for 1200 people. Other conference marketing managers will use this big liability to talk potential customers from using this facility until we cure this problem and get on equal footing with other conference centers. As a female, I will not want to attend any event held there until adequate onsite parking is available. Do you think McDonald's, Wal-Mart and Mel's Seafoood would be in El Dorado if they did not have parking lots for their customers? New structures require review by the planning and zoning commission to determine the amount of parking needed for the types,sizes and uses of building. The mayor and all concerned went around this step.In summary, I put it this way- LIMITED PARKING LIMITS BUSINESS.
Well

El Dorado, AR

#18 Mar 4, 2011
So how was parking last night? According to the paper today, the humorist that was there last night attracted over 700 people. Anybody go?
Get over yourself

Warren, AR

#19 Mar 4, 2011
Have you beat the parking horse to death enough yet....you are like a broken record. Go find something else to complain about. You make the same comments over and over and over again about parking. Find something more productive to do than point out the obvious. Have you even seen the new building. It is something to be very proud of and your point has been made on numerous occassions. The building is completed and nothing you say about it on topix is going to change it. Move on to another rant you've been heard.
stop the madness

El Dorado, AR

#20 Mar 4, 2011
Parking wrote:
An event of 1000 or more will happen very few times a year, and at night after most professional business hours (like the bank). A parking study was done, showing an enormous amount of unused parking in the area. Look at on street parking on Washington, less than one block away, for example... There is room to add parking, if deemed needed. It is dumb to spend the money until it is determined that you need to. It is smart planning. Give it a chance.
brilliant. it's a great idea to wait a couple of years to do what should have been done in the beginning and we get the same amount of space for 30% more because of rising costs every year. the worthless green space on the washington street side should have been made into parking spaces.
yeah, that's it... we'll say we gotta have more parking and more money is needed to do that, so we gotta continue the tax for another 8 years.
Student

El Dorado, AR

#21 Mar 4, 2011
Get over yourself wrote:
Have you beat the parking horse to death enough yet....you are like a broken record. Go find something else to complain about. You make the same comments over and over and over again about parking. Find something more productive to do than point out the obvious. Have you even seen the new building. It is something to be very proud of and your point has been made on numerous occassions. The building is completed and nothing you say about it on topix is going to change it. Move on to another rant you've been heard.
I think Betty and all the others that have commented make a very strong statement. If you spend $15 million dollars on a building it seems like $1 million should solve the parking dilemma. I've checked out the high school and the conference center for parking and one is very well planned while the other was neglected. Brookshires does not want the students and guests parking on their lot that is needed for Brookshire customers.
Yep Yep

El Dorado, AR

#22 Mar 4, 2011
I'll bet Brookshires is quietly seething. It's hard to be a good neighbor when someone is stomping on your nice clean lawn.

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