Franklin considers forming sports corporation

A partnership among local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations is being looked at as a way to promote the city of Franklin as a destination for sporting events.

Franklin Community School Corp., Franklin College, Franklin city government and Johnson Memorial Hospital teamed up and sought the help of a city-funded organization to look into creating a sports corporation. The organization would market the city and its facilities to host youth sports events, such as basketball tournaments or regional swimming meets.

The goal would be to bring more people — and their money — into Franklin.

Before the Franklin Sports Corp. would be created, a study will be done to identify what kind of sporting events might be best suited for Franklin and how much money those events could bring into the community. If the study shows a sports corporation could bring more events and money into the city, the group could be formed and a director hired as soon as this year. But questions about how the corporation would be funded have yet to be answered.

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