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First Quad City National BMX Event Makes Big Economic Impact


The BMX National event kicked off Saturday at the East Moline BMX Speedway. Local city officials say having an event as big as this makes a big impact on the Quad Cities.

"It's a tremendous impact, obviously having an event like this you have thousands of people coming here, it's a multi day event," said East Moline Mayor, John Thodos.

Over 5,000 spectators and almost 2,000 BMX riders from all over the U.S. are gathering at the speedway. The track was chosen out of 380 across the country. Paul Depauw, owner and operator of the track says it's an honor to have the event held at his track.

"People have flown in from all over the country to race this race, so to be able to host it it's great," he said.

Great not only for enjoyment, but economically. The event will generate between $1-$2 million dollars. Joe Taylor, C.E.O. of The Quad Cities Convention Bureau says events like these greatly benefit the area.

"When you bring an event to the Quad Cities, you're not just assisting the venues, you're not just assisting the BMX Raceway here in East Moline, we're benefiting the entire Quad Cities," said Taylor.

He also says whether it's spending a few nights at a local hotel, or having dinner at a restaurant-events that bring people to the area also help people living in the area.

"We as Quad Citians will benefit because likely a neighbor or friend that we know is being gainfully employed in some way because of this event," he said.

Event planners expect more people coming in as the event goes on until Sunday. City officials also hope to host more in the near future.

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