Published On: Thu, May 11th, 2017

Knox Co provides support for Welcome Center

CENTER — The Corps of Discovery Welcome Center located along Hwy 81, just south of Yankton, S.D., is in need of financial assistance.
Annette Sudbeck, General Manager for the Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District, spoke to board members during the Knox County Supervisors meeting April 27.
The L&C NRD owns the building that houses the Welcome Center and leases a piece of land from the Nebraska Dept. of Roads where the facility is located.
Lewis and Clark NRD sponsors and provides financial assistance to the Welcome Center which serves northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota.
The Welcome Center, which is at a scenic overlook above the Missouri River Valley, connects travelers to natural resources, two national scenic rivers, the Lewis and Clark Trail, wildlife habitat, local business attractions and events across the area.
Since opening in May 2001, the Welcome Center has greeted more than 300,000 visitors from all 50 state and 62 foreign countries. Travelers that stop can be interested in spending more time in the area and seeing some of the new things communities are offering.
Lewis and Clark NRD pays for the utilities and expenses on the building and for the lease agreement on the land, according to Sudbeck.
The Center is operated by a group of local volunteers and a manager who works part-time.
“Fundraisers are held, but it is getting harder to raise funds to support the Center,” Sudbeck said.
Local businesses across areas in Nebraska and South Dakota are asked to be sponsors and help provide funding for the Center.
“This is important,” Sudbeck said. “We want to make sure brochures from all businesses in the area are available at the Welcome Center. It doesn’t matter how big or small, we want them to have their brochures on display.”
Lewis and Clark NRD would also like to have yearly support from the counties in the area.
“We would really like to have long-term support from the counties,” Sudbeck said.
Knox County Supervisors agreed to provide support in the amount of $2,500 for one year.
The Welcome Center will also receive $1,000 from the Visitors Promotion Funds which come from a lodging tax collected in Knox County and then distributed to local organizations, villages and cities.