HORN LAKE, MS (WMC-TV) - It was out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new Monday for members of the 165,000 member strong American Contract Bridge League, as the celebrated the grand opening of their new facility.
For decades, the League's North American headquarters was in Memphis. Monday, it officially moved to Horn Lake.
"This building was up, but not finished inside," League CEO Jay Baum said. "It was the right size for us, and it was a great location right off the interstate."
According to Baum, the League's old building was just too large for their operations, but their new facility, inside an old medical building off Goodman Road, is a perfect fit. The move should bring 70 new jobs to Horn Lake.
"Economically, it's jobs, which certainly any city today is looking for," he said.
Along with the office space, the new facility houses a museum and library for bridge enthusiasts. The game began in this country in the 1930's.
DeSoto County Economic Development director Jim Flanagan says luring businesses like this is all about the right attitude.
"Thanks to the pro business attitude of the elected officials, that has prompted the growth we see today," Flanagan said. "They welcome business. They entice businesses to locate here."
Baum said one of the League's three annual national tournaments will be held in Memphis in 2012. The hope is that thousands will participate, bringing tourism dollars to DeSoto County and the state of Mississippi.