West Texas Coalition Chairman David Miller believes a selections decision to eliminate Lubbock for the location of the George W. Bush presidential Library was about location.
Here are the universities still in the race: Baylor University in Waco, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Dallas in Irving.
Miller believes one of those three locations will be closer to where the President and First Lady will live after his term expires. The Lubbock coalition first sent it's proposal to Washington D.C. last September. One month later, the selection committee invited the West Texas Coalition to present the proposal. But as of Thursday, a late afternoon phone call crushed all hopes of bringing the library to Lubbock.
Miller says this an immeasurable loss for Lubbock. "It would have meant 1,400 jobs in construction over the next two years. In Arkansas, they have reported a billion dollars in their economic activity in the two to three years since their library has opened. We know it would have brought ten million dollars a year, minimum, of new tourist trade to Lubbock. That is what it has brought to College Station," said Miller.
Miller complimented the efforts of the coalition. He says despite the decision, he felt the West Texas Coalition put together a superior proposal for the committee to consider.
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