To The Daily Sun,
I was privileged to give an address at the grand opening of Gunstock's new Mountain Coaster. Gunstock is owned by Belknap County and is managed for the county by the Gunstock Commission. I would like to share my address with the citizens of the county:
"Ten years ago it became evident to the commission that we needed to have income that is not snow-dependent in order to survive the years of little snow (like this last one). Then, we had just had such a year. Money was short. We had long since ceased taking a subsidy from county tax funds, we did not want to start that again; we didn't and we do not take such a subsidy now.
To bring in more revenue, the commission examined ways to enhance the Gunstock recreation area, make it a true summer tourist attraction as well as a summer recreation area for the citizens of the county. We also wanted to make it a still more powerful economic engine for the county. What you see here with the Mountain Coaster is another step in the process of achieving these goals.
The process started with the ZIP line and the Adventure Park, both of which met their objectives. Many other smaller-scale attractions were added and two years ago, we embarked on planning for the Mountain Coaster. And now it is here and I can tell you, having ridden it twice, it is spectacular .... and a lot of fun.
We want to thank the (Belnap) County Delegation. They supported us throughout the project. But most of the credit and thanks are due to Gunstock's employees, the senior management team and the leadership of the general manager, Greg Goddard. Not only did Gunstock personnel oversee the contractors, a lot of the work was done by Gunstock employees. And the contractors did an excellent job of producing and installing a superior product. The teamwork of all the participants was outstanding.
We are celebrating taking another step in the growth of Gunstock into an outstanding multiseason recreation area. We are not only helping the economy with jobs, we are also enhancing the tourist economy on which the county depends. Gunstock is both a recreation area for its citizens, and also an economic engine for the area. We intend to keep it that way and to continue enhancing it."
John C. Morgenstern, Chairman
Gunstock Area Commission
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