(RIDGEDALE) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson attended the Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cedar Lodge press conference on Tuesday with Bass Pro Shops Founder and CEO Johnny Morris and PGA Golf legend Tiger Woods. Mr. Morris announced a new public golf course that Tiger Woods and his company, TGR, will design. The course will be called “Payne’s Valley”, in honor of one of Missouri’s favorite sons Payne Stewart.
“Today marks a very special, historic day for the Ozarks and the state of Missouri,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “Tiger Woods is one of the world’s most famous golf players, and for him to design his very first public course in Missouri is a project of international significance,” Parson said. “This announcement will attract more visitors to our state, and support Missouri tourism, our second largest industry with a $16.5 billion dollar impact and over 300,000 jobs,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson.
The Lieutenant Governor made special mention of Bass Pro Founder and CEO Johnny Morris’s commitment to Missouri. “Johnny is a man of considerable resources and could go anywhere in the world to do business, but he chooses to remain in Missouri,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “He has a passion for the Ozarks, and an ambitious goal of establishing our nation’s premier destination for outdoor recreation right here in Missouri. Our state is grateful to have a partner and friend in Johnny Morris,” Parson said.
The Missouri Development Finance Board also gave approval for new projects across the state. The Board voted to allow Dollar Tree to begin construction on a 1.2 million square foot distribution center in Johnson County, an investment of over $103 million. The center will create 375 jobs over the next three years and provide over $2.8 million in state revenue.
Board members also voted to approve tax credits for the City of Lebanon to construct a new indoor arena and additional outdoor shelter space for future animal expos. The project will create over 30 construction jobs and will accommodate new and existing events for the city.
“These two projects will create hundreds of new jobs and attract more people and organizations to Missouri,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “It is clear Missouri is on the right track to prosper in the future and provide a thriving economy for the next generation,” Parson said.