March
24
Tammy Scholten
tamara.scholten@am.jll.com
Branson Landing
417-239-3002
bransonlanding.com
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO   65616

HCW Development Co., LLC a Missouri Limited Liability company headquartered in Branson, Missouri today announced the results of the Hunden Strategic Partners “Branson Landing Economic, Fiscal & Employment Impact Analysis.” The Study commissioned by HCW, takes an in-depth review of the amount of taxes generated onsite to repay bonds and cover the Branson Landing debt service. Additionally, the study highlights the mix-use attraction and the economic implications relative to job creation and creating a destination market.

According to the study, “Through 2012, $50 million had been generated onsite to repay bonds and this has kept pace with debt service as it occurred, post-opening, and should have surpassed it as of 2013.”
Additionally, “the Project has generated visitation, spending and jobs for the other Branson attractions, which also has generated local taxes and in our estimate, another $50 million in tax revenue has been generated throughout the economy for spending by those who, but for the Branson Landing, would not have come to Branson or spent money throughout its economy.” The report goes on to say, “The total spending for Branson Landing totaled $3.3 billion over the period, and $1.1 billion in earnings, supported more than 7,000 full time equivalent jobs and nearly $100 million in taxes collected from the ongoing operations. The one-time construction impact supported more than 3,500 job-years.”

Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW said, “It’s been almost eight (8) years since the Branson Landing had its grand opening and the Hunden report clearly shows, the Branson Landing project is paying its own way! Our company and the people that work so hard to make this project successful, can be proud of the results and the contributions the development has made to the community of Branson.” Huffman stated: “Branson Landing is a premiere lifestyle development and an asset the City of Branson and the whole community can be proud of and we will continue to be good stewards of the development.”

To review the full Hunden Strategic Partners Economic, Fiscal & Employment Impact Analysis report go to: www.hcwdevelopment.com and click on the link identified by the same name.

HCW, LLC is a nationwide development company with offices in Wichita, KS, Branson, MO, and Phoenix, AZ. HCW, LLC is widely known for its unique ability to assess the needs and wishes of a community and bring esthetically appropriate development that blends with the best features of each community. For more information about HCW, LLC and HCW Development Co., LLC please visit http://www.HCWDevelopment.com or call 417.332.3400.
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March
17
Michael Klein
mklein@oirn.net
Ozark Internet Radio Network
870-743-1311
www.bransonworldradio.com
PO Box 1673
Harrison, AR   72602

In 1959, a band of four brothers started to play music for visitors in the now historic Downtown Branson area. Another family built the first theater on a dirt road leading from downtown to Silver Dollar City. The four brothers then built a second theater, across from the first, on that same dirt road.

That dirt road is the now famous “Country Music Boulevard” – or “The 76 Strip”.

While major celebrities come and go through Branson, we remember that it was “Independent” family musicians which began the city’s claim to fame. It is for that historical fact that three nonprofit organizations have combined resources to promote and preserve Independently produced music – not just from the Ozarks, but from across the nation.

Organization President Michael Klein says, “Even today, there’s still a great pool of talent that never gets to be heard, because they don’t have that magic record deal. Many come to Branson because of its notoriety and fame. While some very talented people actually do make it into one of the theaters, most end up going back to where they came from. Kind of like a Nashville or Hollywood. With the background and experience of each of our organization’s board members, we are working to change a little part of that.”

The nonprofit organizations include:
• Branson Independent Coalition of Musicians and Artists (BICMA)
• Ozark National Coalition of Artists and Musicians (ONCAM)
• North Arkansas Performing Artists Coalition (NAPAC)

With their 501(c)(3) status pending, the combined resources of these organizations will provide performers with access to national promotions, media, publicity, marketing opportunities, performances and events. Resources include broadcasters, record labels and producers, event coordinators and syndicators.

More than just promoting unsigned performers, the organizations also look to benefit school music programs with instruments, uniforms, sheet music, transportation and other necessities. Other projects include working with local food banks and creating shelter for the working homeless in Branson. Klein says that “by promoting these artists and their performances, we can create special events that not only promote the artist, but also benefit other area programs and agencies”.

Since first organizing in the fall of last year, the nonprofits have applied to the FCC to build new FM Community Radio Stations in Branson, Kimberling City and in Harrison. Michael Klein says “If you’re going to promote music, you have to have a way to guarantee radio play. So we’re building a small network of FM stations that will feature a Classic Rock format from the 70s and 80s, but will also provide ‘Visitor Information'”. So far, the FCC has awarded Construction Permits for two of the three stations, Branson and Harrison, with the Kimberling City application still pending approval. Along with the FM broadcasts, the stations will also simulcast on the Internet as the sister-station to Branson’s “Original” Internet radio station, “B-Country BWR”.

Klein adds, “These FM radio stations are what is commonly known as ‘Community’ stations. We have no intentions of competing with the other stations in the area, because we won’t have the same range on the air. Of course, the Internet stream will solve that problem. But since the other stations do such a great job of providing what many locals are interested in, the purpose of these stations will be to help our area visitors with the information that they need to truly experience a tour through the Ozarks”. Klein says instead of “commercials”, there will be features and spotlights to go along with an all request music format.

With the goal to be broadcasting in time for the next visitor season, the stations will feature area events and festivals, location remotes, and will focus on the services available to visitors while in the SW Missouri and NW Arkansas region.

Unlike “advertising”, supporting businesses and organizations will be highlighted to inform both visitors and locals alike. Special programming will feature the new and Independent artists that are members of the organizations. Klein says, “The FM broadcast will be offered to the millions of visitors to the Branson/Lakes area, as well as for those travelling through North Central Arkansas. By making it available through our Internet stream, visitors can literally take a piece of the Ozarks home with them, and visit all year long with a choice of Hot Country Hits or Classic Rock, with GREAT Independent music either way”.

While focusing on area information, listeners will benefit from local news and weather information, participation in local events, contests and giveaways when available.

Now that the permits have been issued, the organizations are on a membership drive to help build the radio stations and have them on the air by the end of May – the official start to vacation season. While local bands, performers, writers and actors are encouraged to join, music fans are also invited to support our causes. Major events are already being planned, including the “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” event in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This event draws more than 400,000 visitors in one weekend!

Individual memberships begin at $35.00 per year, and include access to the website to download music, videos, discounted event passes, and you’ll also receive a cool T-Shirt! Artists and performers can register as a “Talent” member, and there’s a place for corporate sponsorship as well.

Visit www.bicma.us, www.oncam.us, or www.napac.us for details and to get registered.

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March
11
logo Parker Stone
parkerstone2294@gmail.com
Keller Williams Realty
(417) 336-4999
114 N Commercial St
Branson, MO   65616

Saturday, April 19th
Race Time 8:00 am
Branson Landing

Registration form attached or you can register online

https://www.ozarkraces.com/Register/?event=26102

This event is to benefit the needs of our local community through our KW CARES Campaigns.

Please join us for some a wonderful time, raising money for great cause and enjoying the scenery of the Branson Landing & Lake Taneycomo!

Register by April 11 to guarantee a t-shirt & goodie bag!
Medals to be awarded by age division.

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March
6

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March
6

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March
6
logo Bonnie Herrmann
bransonartscouncil@yahoo.com
Branson Arts Council
(417) 336-4255
http://bransonartscouncil.com
201 Compton Drive
Branson, MO   65616

Date: March 6, 2014

Contact: Bonnie Herrmann, (417) 336-4255

Turn Family Trees into Family Treasures

The Branson Arts Council is pleased to present a morning workshop, “Growing Your Family Tree: Using Genealogy to Inspire Memoirs”. Attendees will learn how to uncover the secrets of their past by using online and local resources. They will then craft ideas for short stories, articles, and specialty memoirs that can be shared with friends and family. These concepts could inspire attendees to later write a book.

The class will be taught by Karen Nelson, nonfiction author and president of the Ozarks Writers League. Ms. Nelson has been a columnist for The Ozarks Mountaineer and published numerous articles featuring memories and traditions of the Ozarks region. She loves to dig into the past and make it a present for the future.

This workshop is Saturday, March 22, from 10am to noon in the Branson Community Center at 201 Compton Drive in Branson and is open to anyone age 18 or over. The fee is $17 for members of the Branson Arts Council and $20 for non-members. Contact the Branson Arts Council at (417) 336-4255 or bransonartscouncil@yahoo.com to register.

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March
4

Click on link for larger view – Showboat Branson Belle Area Appreciation

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March
4
logo Robin Jackson
Robin@jacksonappleton.com
jackson+appleton
417.294.0711
jacksonappleton.com
860 Parkview Drive
Hollister, MO   65672

In an evening honoring the best Advertising in the Ozarks, Branson-based Production Company, jackson+appleton, won multiple honors for their video and commercial work at the 35th Annual American Advertising Awards in Springfield, Missouri, on March 1, 2014.

Annually, the American Advertising Federation conducts the world’s largest advertising competition through its 200 member advertising clubs. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of the Ozarks, the ADDY Awards honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standard in the industry. The local awards are entered and attended by Advertising Agencies, Television Stations and Production Companies.

Thirteen proved “lucky” for jackson+appleton who won a record 5 GOLD ADDY Awards and 8 SILVER ADDY Awards. Their Clients honored include College of the Ozarks, CoxHealth Branson, IMAX Entertainment Complex and The Butterfly Palace, The Keeter Center, School of the Ozarks, White River Valley Electric Company and Xtreme Racing.

The Keeter Center shined with 3 GOLD ADDY nods. “The Keeter Experience” took home a GOLD ADDY for both Digital Advertising Internet Commercial and Cinematography. A promotional video featuring their wedding services, “Happily Ever After,” also snagged a GOLD ADDY for Digital Advertising Branded Content.

A short feature about how School of the Ozarks students purchased a Track Chair for a wounded Iraq Veteran was honored with a GOLD ADDY in the Public Service Audio/ Visual Presentation Category.

Working with The Nicholson Agency, jackson+appleton shared a GOLD ADDY for an animated commercial for Corporate Business Systems in the Local Commercial division.

A branded documentary for White River Valley Electric Cooperative was a double winner for the evening. Depicting the cooperative’s struggle with pending EPA regulations, “The War on Coal” won SILVER ADDY Awards in both the Digital Advertising Webisode and Cinematography categories.

A commercial for College of the Ozarks’ “Four Star Country Boy” won a SILVER ADDY in the Advertising for the Arts Category.

“Branson Butterfly Escape,” a commercial featuring a joint venture with the IMAX Entertainment Complex and The Butterfly Palace took a SILVER Addy in the Local Commercial Category. Also in the Local Commercial Category, a commercial for CoxHealth Branson, “Together….the Best,” was awarded a SILVER ADDY.

Multiple videos produced with The Bob Nichols Company for Xtreme Racing Center were honored. Xtreme Racing was awarded three SILVER ADDYs in the Audio/ Visual Sales Presentation, Local Commercial and Digital Advertising Branded Content divisions.

Owned by Robin Jackson and Nicholas Appleton, jackson+appleton is a full service production company serving Branson and beyond. Winning videos projects may be viewed at jacksonappleton.com.

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March
4
Erin Wicker
thewickerboys@hotmail.com
Tri-Lakes Sertoma
874 Emory Creek Blvd.
Branson, MO   65616

Branson, Mo., February 25, 2014 – Announcing a new non-profit in the Branson, Tri-Lakes area. Established in November 2013, the Tri-Lakes Sertoma Clubs mission is to promote hearing health in the local Tri-Lakes area. There are 800+ people in this area who are affected by hearing loss. Through local club events and fundraisers, the Tri-Lakes Sertoma Club intends to raise money for this mission, as well as sponsor community projects to promote other local community needs.

The Tri-Lakes Sertoma elected president, Cherri Cahow is a speech and language Pathologist, who has lived in Branson, Mo. for 15 years. She has experience in skilled nursing rehab, home health, and is currently a Speech and Language Therapist working for the Branson School District. Cherri says, ÒThe reason I joined Tri-Lakes Sertoma was because it is a charity dear to my heart. I have made a career out of helping individuals overcome communication disorders. “

Sertoma is an acronym for SERvice TO MAnkind. The shared mission of Sertoma’s national organization is promoting “hearing health.” Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Sertoma is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit civic organization with community-minded members in service clubs across the US and Canada.

Every year Sertoma clubs raise more than $20 million for local community service projects. Through these projects, as well as grants and scholarships, Sertoma clubs return those funds to their respective communities – and they have lots of fun doing it while building life-long friendships.

Tri-Lakes Sertoma is excited to contribute to the Tri-Lakes community and they are currently looking for new members to help carry out their mission. If you are interested in finding out more about their planned service events and programs, please come to their next meeting. It will be held at Old Chicago at the Branson Landing on Monday, March 10, 2104 at 5:30 pm.

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