The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of local companies at its18th Annual Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon at the Indian River State College Richardson Center. Among the recognized recipients, Historic Dodgertown proudly received the Large Company of the Year.
Historic Dodgertown has hosted an ever-growing calendar of events that has impacted all facets of Indian River County businesses. Peaking each spring with an employment volume of over 120 staff members, the facility generates $1.4 million in payroll taxes. Over $70,000 is provided annually through donation and in-kind efforts from a number of charitable events including the Jackie Robinson Celebration Game, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and music concerts, among others.
“Historic Dodgertown is honored to receive this year’s recognition of Large Company of the Year,” said Vice President, Craig Callan, “We are proud of our hard working staff and our partnership with Indian River County government to both maintain and enhance the iconic facility that allows us to make such an impact to the local economy. We would also like to thank all the area businesses that welcome our tens of thousands of Historic Dodgertown participants as they contribute to the overall experience that athletes, coaches and families have during their stay.
“Historic Dodgertown continues to be a significant part of the Indian River County community with a $26 million direct economic impact in the past two years.”
Historic Dodgertown participants include high school, college and travel baseball teams from across the U.S. and Canada, professional football teams from the CFL, Major League Baseball Elite Development Invitational, Spring Training to Korea’s SK Wyverns professional baseball club, Girls State Softball Championships and Minor League Baseball’s Umpire Training Academy among many more events throughout the year.
Thus far in 2015, more than 2,700 games have been played and over 700 groups participated in events at Historic Dodgertown. Athletes from nearly every state in America have trained on site. Recently, international teams have traveled from Canada, Denmark and South Korea to train.