- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A training campus for Special Olympics Missouri will be located in Jefferson City.

Phil Cook, chairman of the group’s board of directors, said Tuesday the board chose Jefferson City over Columbia for its Training For Life Campus.

Cook says the deciding factor was that Special Olympics Missouri would own donated property in Jefferson City, while it would have had to lease land in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1BEjmPX ) the 44,000-square-foot campus will be built on 15.5 acres. It is expected to host 30 or more training camps each year.

Cook says construction won’t start until the $12.5 million cost is raised in a capital campaign. The organization has raised more than half that amount and hopes to have $8 million by the end of the year.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

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