Boy Scouts spokesman Chris Talley, an account executive in theSan Antonio office of public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, saysthe organization has set few geographic limits on the search otherthan it must be located within 25 miles of an interstate or afour-lane divided highway and 150 miles of a commercial serviceairport with medium or large hub status. It also must have adequatemedical services and be accessible year-round via standard modes oftransportation.

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"It could be anywhere in the country," Talley says. "We'vecommunicated with states in every region. We're looking at bothpublicly and privately owned land, but one of the priorities isspectacular natural beauty, access to natural water-basedrecreation and high adventure opportunities." He tells GlobeSt.comthe Boy Scouts, which will celebrate its centenary in 2010, is opento both sale and ground-lease opportunities, as long as it isguaranteed use of the site for a minimum of 100 years.

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Talley adds that the organization is open to partnership orother shared investment options with public, non-profit orcorporate entities. The primary goal is to develop a facility thatnot only can accommodate the Jamboree but can also be used forother scouting-related activities throughout the year. "We'reoffering a unique opportunity, and we're looking for innovativeways as to how we can use that facility and associatedinfrastructure on a year-round basis," he says.

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The jamboree, which is held every four years and typicallyattracts more than 200,000 participants and visitors, is currentlyheld at Camp AP Hill, VA. The site is owned by the US Department ofDefense and not available for continuous use. The Boy Scouts, whichwill celebrate its centenary in 2010, wants a site that it candevelop for year-round use.

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The estimated $100 million in capital investment would includeland acquisition or lease, site improvements, infrastructureinstallation and construction of offices, training centers,athletic and recreational facilities, camp grounds and variousother types of visitor accommodations. "We are looking for ideasthat could potentially include creating leadership and trainingcenters, innovation labs and leadership development programs," saysBoy Scouts chief scout executive Bob Mazzuca. "There are no limitsto the creative ways this new home can be used."

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Mazzuca expects the open search process to generate a widevariety of development concepts, from which the organization willselect the one that maximizes its creative and financialoptions.

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"The initiative to select and build a permanent home for thejamboree and associated year-round use is a superior economicdevelopment opportunity," Mazzuca points out. "The jamboree siteand its project elements can create new jobs and a long-term,sustained economic boost for the surrounding community."

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