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12/10/2013 12:11:00 PM
Letter: Think local to stimulate Williams economy

To the editor:

Although I am only a two-year resident of Williams, I have some unique ideas that would stimulate its economy.

Schedule more outdoor concerts and events near the Visitors Center on weekends. People need entertainment other than motel-hotel TV, getting drunk at the bars, etc., and walking up and down Route 66 to Safeway and back to their motels after dark, or even during the day. Going to the Grand Canyon and back is what most visitors to our fine town do here, and since I deal with the public every day, most tourists ask me what else there is to do here.

How about getting with IMAX to build a movie theater here, something that shows more things than the Grand Canyon IMAX does, like 3D movies, etc... What about a dinner theater with plays and a nice menu?

Use your imagination to come up with your own ideas.

A car museum or a venue that caters to the motorcycles that cruise through Route 66 would make significant revenue both for the museum and the town, with our 11 percent tax rate!

How about something free, like a suggestion box at motels and restaurants and Route 66 shops to get opinions from the visitors who help keep our economy going year round.

Life in Williams is more than a train-based, drive through experience. Let's get together and make your voices and ideas known by attending city council meetings and emailing letters to the editor.

There are a lot of great, creative and just plain cool people in this town, let's make it better!

Russ Olson

Williams, Ariz.

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