As Connellsville continues its revitalization efforts, local officials have reviewed and continue to review various studies conducted over the years.
Studies have examined the proposed effects of the bike trail on Connellsville, downtown revitalization, historical aspects, environmental and recreational pluses — just to name a few.
Last week, PKF Consultants conducted a marketing study to see if a hotel would be supported in the city. The firm was hired by the Allegheny Trail Alliance.
Consultants talked to businesses and other officials in its fact-finding mission. Would a hotel be viable in Connellsville?
Previous studies have shown that those using the bike trail and those traveling through the city will spend more money here if they stay overnight. Several local business owners believe this. The city is home to several bed and breakfasts that opened in recent years.
We believe a hotel would be beneficial to the city's future and to its economy — provided it is a private enterprise without artificial (ie: taxpayer-funded) inducements.
The completion of the Great Allegheny Passage linking Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., is expected to be completed next year. Anyone traveling the route could find Connellsville the perfect stop for an overnight stay.
The results of the study are expected to be released soon. Here's hoping this study generates the interest it deserves.
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