Members of Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings Ltc. met with the Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corporation recently to thank them for their support of a multiphase project in Jim Thorpe.
During the CSIDC's meeting on Thursday, Rick E. Forgay II, president and CEO of Business Leadership Mastery; Larry Masi, CEO of Dominion Development Group; and Tim Markley, owner of Flagstaff in Jim Thorpe; met with officials to outline their vision for Flagstaff Mountain and downtown Jim Thorpe.
Forgay, who was born and raised in Carbon County, thanked the group for being a leader in the local community over the last few decades. CSIDC has been a driving force in helping to create both tourist attractions and bring businesses to Carbon, such as the No. 9 Mine and Museum, the Delaware Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, and Ametek.
He also thanked the men for serving as the sponsor for a $600,000 Local Share Grant application for the project. Local Share Grant monies are available to groups in the vicinity of casinos.
The grant, Masi later explained, would be used as a match for $1.4 million that the group has received commitment on from another entity.
To date, Flagstaff Resort Land Holdings has received letters of support from CSIDC; Bart Springer, president of Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce; and Carbon County Commissioner Wayne Nothstein.
Masi also explained that the plans call for harnessing green energy wind and solar to make the project even more beneficial for the community.
Following the presentation on the project, which calls for building a hotel and wellness center; motorized zip line where people could ride 1,000 feet above Jim Thorpe in open-air bucket seats; and a tram system to bring visitors from Flagstaff into downtown Jim Thorpe; the group asked for insight into possible partnerships within the community.
Forgay and Masi both said that they want to bring this project to local investors before asking outside investors.
CSIDC members provided feedback for the project, as well as suggestions on where the group could look to for help with the project.
Markley has had a vision of a hotel resort at Flagstaff for nearly a decade. He recruited the help of Masi six years ago and the pair have been working to make their vision a reality ever since.