VOTE YES MARCH 4, 2014

FOR THE AMES CONVENTION CENTER

 

Election Polling Places
Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Eligible voters may cast a ballot at any one of the following Vote Centers for the Ames City Special Election

  • Vote Center 1: State Forest Nursery, 2404 S. Duff Avenue 
  • Vote Center 2: University Baptist Church, 2400 Mortensen Parkway
  • Vote Center 3: Heartland Baptist Church, 3504 Grand Avenue
  • Vote Center 4: Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Avenue
  • Vote Center 5: Ascension Lutheran Church, 2400 Bloomington Road
  • Vote Center 6: Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way
  • Vote Center 7: Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3626 Ontario Street

Ames Public Measure A:
Shall the City of Ames, in Story County, Iowa, issue its bonds in an amount not exceeding $19,000,000 for the purpose of paying one-half of the cost of constructing a multi-use convention facility located at the Iowa State University Center, to be jointly owned by the City and Iowa State University, and of renovating the Iowa State University Scheman Building

This information is from the Story County Auditor's website. For a direct link to the polling places on their site, click here.


Project Overview

The Iowa State Center was originally built in 1971. This unique four-building complex has continued to be one-of-a-kind, with an auditorium, theater, sports arena and convention center.

With a growing demand for space to accommodate social receptions, banquets, community events, job fairs and more, it is time for us to expand and remodel the Scheman Building so it can continue to be Ames' gathering place. To learn more, view a quick video about this project

The proposed convention facility and the Scheman Building renovation will continue to reinforce former university president Hilton’s vision for making the Iowa State Center the "gathering place" for educational, cultural and recreational needs for university students, faculty and staff and for the people of Ames and all of Iowa.

The facility will include 35,000 square feet of indoor space that can be used for a single large event or split into separate spaces to host trade shows, social receptions, job fairs, professional conferences and educational opportunities.

New rental policies, subsidized by hotel/motel tax, will be established to provide complimentary meeting space for university and community organizations, with a policy similar to the Ames Public Library.

Why do we need a bond referendum?

The Scheman Building was originally built in 1975 to serve as the continuing education building for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Over the past 40 years, usage of the Scheman Building has dramatically changed and it has become a vital part of the Ames and Iowa State community. At this time, the facility needs to be updated and expanded to meet the needs of our community and to attract events and meetings Ames is presently unable to host. According to a survey of existing and potential events, the Scheman Building currently accommodates only five percent of the exhibit space needs.


Ames and Iowa State University are collaborating to expand and update the multi-use convention space at the Iowa State Center. The new facility will be an addition to the north side of the Scheman Building. This partnership will be similar to other projects, including the Ames/ISU Ice Arena, Furman Aquatic Center and CyRide.

What is the total cost?

The $38 million initiative includes construction of the new multi-use facility estimated at $32.2 million, plus $6.5 million for renovations to the Scheman Building. As a partner, Ames would be responsible for half the costs and would propose to fund their portion through a 20-year bond referendum. 

What does this mean for Ames residents? If the bond referendum is approved, Ames residents will see an increase in property tax of $30.35 per $100,000 residential property (about $5 per month for the average homeowner) and $57.46 per $100,000 commercial property.

Who will own the facility?

The City of Ames and Iowa State University will jointly share the cost of the expansion and renovation project. The two entities will jointly own the new multi-use facility.

How will it be operated?

Iowa State University will be responsible for the daily management of the new facility and the existing Iowa State Center. The Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau would use the increase in hotel/motel taxes from out-of-town visitors to subsidize meeting and event space for local groups based on hotel usage and local economic impact.

 

SUPPORT AMES AND IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY AS IOWA'S LEADING DESTINATION FOR EDUCATIONAL AND YOUTH EVENTS
Ames and Iowa State University are proud to be the current home for major in-state and international youth events, bringing future Iowa State students and their families to Ames for a variety of competitions and events.


MORE LOCAL MEETING SPACE
In addition to the large multi-use space, six smaller meeting rooms hosting from 10-100 people located on the ground floor of the facility will offer new rental rates and policies similar to the Ames Public Library.

GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Great opportunity to share the cost of updating the Iowa State Center to meet the needs of educational programs, conferences, conventions and local business and social events.

INCREASED LOCAL REVENUE FROM VISITORS
Out-of-town visitors are a vital part of the Ames economy. Their local spending generates revenue for some of our favorite businesses and attractions and also contributes to community betterment, property tax relief and the Ames schools by paying local option tax.

HOTEL/MOTEL TAX SUPPORT FOR OPERATIONS
Overnight visitors generate hotel/motel tax revenue, which will be used to support operations of the facility and subsidize the local rental rate policies.