The Lubbock County Expo Center will be a great place for a variety of events for Lubbock County and surrounding communities on the South Plains. This purposeful dirt floor venue will easily host horse shows, equipment shows, professional rodeos, competitive livestock events, concerts, truck pulls, conferences, meetings and many others.
Lubbock County Expo Center won't cost voters ANY increase in property tax, and it will not be constructed or maintained by ANY governmental entity.
Who is handling this?
- For over three years, a steering committee - now a 501(c)3 - has been working to develop a venue to fill the gap needed for a community our size. Under the leadership and vision of local banker and Lubbock Expo Chairman, Randy Jordan, this committee has pledged the construction and maintenance of this project, which will always be a third-party endeavor. The only governmental involvement was for the Lubbock County Commissioners to agree to placing Prop A on the November ballot. NOW it is in the hands of the Lubbock voters to vote in SUPPORT of it.
How will this venue be paid for?
- NOT from taxpayers. Prop A requests a two percent (2%) increase in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT); and a five percent (5%) tax increase for renting a car in Lubbock.
- The math is simple. A $200/night hotel room would increase the stay by $4 per night (based on the 2% increase)
THE BIG PICTURE: Based on Visit Lubbock and Hotel/Motel Association stats - that allows nearly $3 million in revenue per year to be earmarked for this venue. Additionally, the 501(c)3 has already identified multiple local entities as potential naming rights for needed funding beyond "HOT" and rental car taxes. There is not a proposal for any increase in property tax. Maintenance and operation funds will be paid with a combination of two additional sources: Private partnership funds from naming rights and parking fees at the venue itself. Negotiations are underway with private parties to enhance the endowment.
Will this facility compete with other local facilities?
- Absolutely not. Lubbock County needs a venue that will seat mid-size events. This includes the ABC Rodeo, and multiple other dirt and solid floor events. Additionally, the venue will cater to concerts that don't fill up at the United Supermarkets arena, but are too big for our Civic Center. It will be a great place for monster tractor events, truck pulls, gymnastics, wrestling, hockey, livestock judging, equine events, amature and professional rodeos - the options are endless and perfect for all age groups. This venue will be utilized year-round, and will NOT compete with any other facility.
What is the economic potential with this venture?
- The Lubbock County Expo Center will regularly contribute to our community in many ways. This venue is strategically positioned for the growth of the Lubbock community. It will increase visitors to Lubbock attending the various events and local Lubbock restaurants, shopping stores, and hotels will all benefit.
Learn more by clicking here. Questions? LubbockExpoCenter@gmail.com
Meet the Steering Committee:
Lubbock Expo Chairman, Randy Jordan
Berhl Robertson LISD-Retired
Rob Allison LEPAA
Tim Collins CHR. LEPAA & LEDA
Bret Lamkin Bledsoe Insurance, Past President LCJLSA
Mark Putman ABC Rodeo, AMBUCS
Greg Schilling Back to Nature, LCJLSA
Ray Short ABC Rodeo, AMBUCS
John Weathers Cooper FFA-Retired
Jay Winter Wintex Farms
Stanley Young Lubbock Co. Ext. Retired