MAY 1, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CDT
Regardless, the convention center plans are no more, and many businesses have mixed feelings on the news of the recent withdrawal by John Q. Hammons.
Last Friday, Hammons sent a letter to Mayor Doug Formon withdrawing his plans to build the multi-million dollar convention center for the city. He noted that he was disappointed with the city council's enthusiasm towards the project in his letter and didn't feel that there was enough local support to justify spending so much time, effort, and money.
"We would have paid almost $10, 000 in additional taxes to pay for the convention center," says Naz Kazi.
"Most conventions are held in popular places, so they bring their families and stuff and there's like water parks or zoos or at least something to take their families to afterwards, or there's a nightlife, in which Jonesboro lacks," says Kazi.