Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 8, 2012

Debate business is good business in Danville

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

DANVILLE — Happy days are here — again!

Business is good in this small central Kentucky town, set among the rolling bluegrass and home to the prestigious private liberal arts college, Centre College, known for its historic 1921 6-0 victory over Harvard in football.

But on Thursday night, Centre and Danville will bask in the national spotlight. The college is hosting the vice presidential debate between Democratic incumbent Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan.  On Saturday, just 14 miles away, close to 25,000 descended on the area for a re-enactment of the Civil War battle at Perryville.

“We’re a small town with big shoulders,” said Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership.

When the Commission on Presidential Debate chose Centre for the 2012 vice presidential debate it didn’t surprise or frighten anyone here because Centre hosted the 2000 debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.

“The local governments and local businesses embraced it,” Lassiter said when the news came. “I’ve never heard the first statement of anyone wondering can we get this done.”

 

For the full story, read the Oct. 9 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.