West Announces Bill To Honor Stark County's Football Heritage
Bill would designate portion of State Route 172 as "Football Heritage Corridor"
October 24, 2017
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State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today announced his recent introduction of House Bill (HB) 346, legislation to designate a portion of State Route 172 between Canton and Massillon as the “Football Heritage Corridor.”

“Stark County has played an incredibly important role in the creation of American football,” said West. “This bill celebrates its legacy and recognizes the historic rivalry between the Canton-McKinley Bulldogs and the Massillon Tigers, who will see their 128th showdown Friday.”

West stated that the bill also may help increase tourism in the region, adding a new tribute to Stark County’s rich football history that is traditionally only seen in Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton gets around 200,000 visitors every year, but not many of them explore the region,” said West. “HB 346 will promote regional tourism by giving visitors another reason to travel throughout the area rather than just tour the Hall of Fame. The Football Heritage Corridor can support economic growth and job creation throughout Stark County.”

HB 346 was referred to the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee, which West serves on, as it awaits its initial hearings.

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