Greenbrier County, WV

Greenbrier County,

Community Recreation Needs Assessment, Feasibility Analysis, And Business Plan

In 2002 B&D was retained by Greenbrier County, West Virginia, to complete a needs assessment and feasibility study of its recreation facilities. The county’s size and dispersed rural population created a challenge in creating a facility to meet such diverse needs. Our work included: a market and financial analysis; a demographic analysis; an assessment of existing conditions; interviews with community leaders; public meetings and focus groups; and a written community survey. We presented several facility options and the one preferred was a large centralized facility with a satellite facility to support the more remote parts of the county. We found that an occupancy tax could fund the $12 million development of the facilities which would include a 28,000 SF anchor building and a 9,000 SF satellite building. The county began collecting that tax later in 2002 into a recreation fund. We were hired again in 2005 to update the financial analysis and develop a ten-year business plan and confirmed once again that it was feasible for the county to develop and operate the facilities.