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Region looks to capitalize on 2015 All-Star Game


All eyes in the baseball world were upon Minneapolis Tuesday night for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. 

But in one short year, those eyes will be looking squarely at the Queen City as it plays host the 2015 game, and planning for that is already well underway

It's not only expected to generate a big boom to the city of Cincinnati, but to the entire region, as well.
"It's going to be awesome.  Our city's going to shine.  It is going to be a tremendous thing for Cincinnati," said Cincinnati mayor John Cranley.
Minor stadium upgrades, and finishing Smale Riverfront Park are among the projects on tap to get ready for next year's event.  Under the guide of the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, a citizens group is handling volunteer staffing for some outside All-Star Game events, along with other preps.
"It's a benefit to our whole region.  We're going to shine.  This will be an opportunity to put a national spotlight on our region, our city," said Cranley.
The region is taking note, and capitalizing on the millions in economic potential.  Last month, leaders in Bellevue started looking for their piece of the pie.
"Come here, play here.  Come here, stay here.  Those kinds of things.  That's what we're really trying to capitalize on, and the economic impact that it's really going to have to the region," said Ed Riehl, mayor of Bellevue.
Warren County's economy is driven by tourism of which they hope All-Star visitors will enjoy.
"We're lucky we have the big attractions for families right here in Warren County.  I think we'll see people showing up at Kings Island, the Beach waterpark, maybe Ozone Ziplines.  I think people will extend it to a family vacation," said Mary Fessler with the Warren County CVB.
They're hoping those families fill up their hotels, and eat at their restaurants, too.  Their Butler County neighbors want the same.
"We're a little bit away from city life, but we still have the amenities for city life.  A person can stay here, experience all the great things, but yet shoot downtown to experience the All-Star Game," said Mark Hecquet with the Butler County Visitors Bureau.
As Cincinnati goes, so goes the region.  It's a twist on an Ohio catchphrase, but it might be the one that best explains this game's impact.
"We support Cincinnati in all their initiatives because we know it all pushes out to us," Hecquet told FOX19.

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