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Superior bill gets hearing

The public's help is needed as the Better City Superior initiative nears the finish line to create an exposition district in Superior to help with downtown development.

An exposition district would allow the city to leverage tourism taxes to fund the public portion of public-private partnerships to create amenities that would enhance the quality of life in Superior and draw people to the community.

"We've had a busy few weeks in Madison as we continue forward momentum to gain Senate approval for Superior's exposition district," said Bruce Thompson, president of Better City Superior.

On Feb. 28, Sens. Janet Bewley, D-Delta, and Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 727, making Superior the only entity for the proposed exposition district as part of the legislation, approved by expo district supporters in Superior and Eau Claire.

"We connected with members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism to encourage their support of the amended bill," Thompson said. "We also continued to engage with committee chairman Sen. Terry Moulton, who has provided great leadership for this bill."

He said many called and emailed committee members to request their support of SB727 and Superior's exposition district. Individual calls and emails truly make a difference to legislators and there is reason to believe the committee will pass SB727 to the full Senate thanks to ongoing efforts, Thompson said.

The Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism scheduled the bill for an executive session on Wednesday.

The next step will be to convince key Senate leaders to schedule SB727 for a full Senate vote.

"We need everyone's help in letting them know that Superior wants, deserves and needs an exposition district to take control of our own future," Thompson said. "With their approval of SB727, we can attract workers to our community, grow our economy and improve the quality of life for everyone in northwest Wisconsin."

Thompson said the public support has been critical so far and he encourages people to continue that support by calling or emailing legislators. For information on how you can help, visit " target="_blank">