The Branson Sports Entertainment Complex, who is developing a racing complex near Ridgedale, Missouri, published a response to the letter from Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar owner Johnny Morris.
In the response, Nathan Adams, a representative for the organization, disagrees with several of Morris' statements. One of those statements is that his company is affiliated with the Facebook page "Branson Speedway." Adams says that is not the case. Adams says that BSEC has met with several racing organizations that Morris said they had not.
Perhaps most importantly given the unemployment rate, BSEC says their organization would create thousands of jobs for the area.
The full rebuttal letter is listed below:
BSEC Responds to Mr. Morris
The Branson Sports Entertainment Complex (BSEC) is proud of our commitment to bring first class motor sports to Southwest Missouri and is extremely proud of the fact that thousands of needed jobs will be created in an area with 14.2% unemployment rate.
BSEC continues to offer to meet with Mr. Morris anyplace, anywhere and at a time of his choosing. To date, he has not taken us up on our offer. If he had, he might have learned that BSEC has no affiliation with the Facebook page that he is so strongly against.
Nathan Adams, Spokesman for BSEC, commented, "BSEC was shocked to be attacked bringing first class motorsports to Southwest Missouri. Debbie Bennett and Jamie Keys with Big Cedar Lodge provided promotional materials for the lodge in our presentations to three racing organizations. Should we need to release e-mails regarding this matter we will, however, it would be our hope that individuals will do the right thing and clear this matter up."
Nathan Adams, continued, "BSEC has always been up front that we are not NASCAR, however, we feel strongly that we have assembled a team that will bring world class racing to Southwest Missouri. This team includes Curtis Gray who has nearly 20 years of experience with NASCAR (Owned by the France Family), Chris Eales (HNTB) and Bob Carlson (DLR Group), who are the track engineer and grandstand architect of choice for International Speed Corporation, (which is owned by the France Family). While we will not negotiate in public, it is with all due respect to Mr. Morris, that I can say that while no commitments have been made, we have had several, positive meetings with the racing organizations he claims we have not."
BSEC has been endorsed by the Hollister Chamber of Commerce and by over 700 individuals and businesses (including a few golf courses) in Southwest Missouri who firmly believe that the Branson Motorplex will create thousands of new jobs, stabilize tourism and bring a much-needed economic boost to our region. All of these individuals took time to educate themselves regarding the project.
Mr. Adams finished, "We look forward to doing what we have always done which is to continue to be a good neighbor. It would be our hope that with our neighbors, although we may disagree from time to time on the future of our area; that we will deal with each other in a factual and friendly manner. To date BSEC has held over 200 hours of meetings, with members of the media, public officials, private individuals and organizations. "