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With the announcement Monday night that the National Field Archery Association has chosen to build its new headquarters in Yankton, local officials hope that the city will become a target for archery enthusiasts and related industries.

The National Field Archery Association (NFAA) executive council was in Yankton over the weekend and voted unanimously to relocate its office facilities from Redland, Calif., to South Dakota this fall.

"I don't think there could be a more natural fit for us (than South Dakota)," said Bruce Cull, president of the NFAA and owner of Yankton's Dakota Archery and Outdoor Sports, during a regular City Commission meeting. "We want to try to perpetuate our sport the best we can, and I can't say enough thanks to everyone who helped make this possible."

The NFAA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the sport of archery. The organization has 19,000 members.

It is currently in the process of selling its California office facility.

To help make the NFAA move a reality, Economic Development Director Kurt Hauser asked the City Commission Monday to approve an incentive package.

The commission agreed to provide $100,000 that will go toward the purchase of land south of the Best Western Kelly Inn along Bramble Road. Additionally, the city will forgive $5,600 in special assessments against the property, as well as maintain a couple of archery ranges on the site that would be made available to the public. The city will also consider changing the name of Bramble Road to an archery-related moniker.

Yankton County is also being asked to provide seven of the 39 total acres being sought for the development.

In return, the NFAA will build a 5,000-square-foot or larger office building, that may even include an archery museum. It must operate in Yankton for at least five years, employ four full-time equivalent workers within three years at average or above-average wages and work in good faith to hold some of its regional, national or international tournaments in Yankton.

Cull said Monday that Yankton became a candidate for the national headquarters after the hospitality it showed the organization when it held its National Outdoor Championship and the National Unmarked 3-D Championship here in 2005 and 2006.

Those events brought thousands of archers to the Yankton area and generated many times that in visitor spending.

"The NFAA's decision to come to South Dakota is yet another example of the successful partnership that exists between our business leaders and elected officials, particularly our city and county commissioners," Hauser said in a news release.

He added that it will give Yankton a competitive advantage when trying to recruit archery-related businesses to the city.

Lisa Scheve, director of the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau, pointed out that having the national headquarters in Yankton would put the city in a beneficial position when bidding on future tournaments.

"We are pleased to welcome the NFAA headquarters to South Dakota," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development, in a news release. "Our state is known for its love of the outdoors, and our business climate has proven extremely friendly to companies in this industry. I commend Yankton for its efforts in attracting the NFAA."

Commissioner Dan Rupiper singled out Cull and Mayor Curt Bernard Monday for their efforts to bring the headquarters to Yankton. The two have made no secret of their desire to bring the facility to the city during the course of the last year or so.

"We owe a large debt of gratitude to (Cull) and our mayor, Curt Bernard, for putting legs under this opportunity," he said. "The two of you were the start of it. Everything else just fell into place. All that good work you and Curt did paid off, and I … thank you for that."

In other business Monday, the commission:

agreed to have a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 to discuss the future of the Memorial Park Pool facility;

opted to continue with its current policy of sending out notices to residents who have tree branches in violation of city ordinance and having them take care of the problem themselves.

Commissioner Bill Ellingson questioned whether the city could go back to trimming the trees like it did many years ago. However, City Street Superintendent Dave Leyden indicated that practice would be time-consuming and, in the past, created a lot of complaints from residents who didn't like the way the city trimmed the trees;

allotted up to $5,000 to the Riverside Park Christmas display. Lois Halbur, who is heading up a committee to rejuvenate the holiday offering, told the commission that local prison trusties would be building an assortment of wooden displays. She added that the group hopes to develop activities around the annual display that will get families out of their cars and active;

issued proclamations regarding Marge Gross, the United Way, Disabled American Veterans, Patriot Day, National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month and city staff;

was introduced to new Parks and Recreation Director Todd Larson;

approved minimum standards for the Chan Gurney Airport that are intended to make it operate more smoothly;

awarded a $67,000 bid to Great Plains International of Sioux Falls for a street department truck. It also approved the purchase of a dump box for the truck;

awarded a $38.45 per ton bid from Meridian Grain for the city's annual supply of bulk de-icing salt;

awarded a $39,000 bid to Sanitation Products, Inc., for a chassis-mounted stainless steel all-purpose spreader that will be used by the street department;

established the 2008 Yankton Road Tax at 40 cents per foot for streets and alleys. The assessment rate, which is the same as 2007, is expected to raise $312,000 next year;

designated a handicapp parking space in the 400 block of Third Street; and

approved a wastewater treatment plant sludge disposal agreement.