Company approaches city on recreation

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 12, 2007

NATCHEZ — A private business wants to help Natchez find the funds for its proposed recreational facility.

By helping the city find funds, USA Partners Sports Alliance can help build a bigger and better facility, representatives told the board of aldermen at Tuesday’s meeting.

Company representatives Guy Green and her husband, Hugh, said they wanted to help their hometown grow.

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“Whatever the city comes up with, we will match it,” Guy Green said.

The company works with state and federal governments and private companies to raise funds for communities, she said. Recently, the company has worked with Vicksburg and Oak Grove High School, among others, she said.

The company partners with famous sports legends to raise funds for sports-oriented projects, she said.

J.D. Daniels, another USA Partners representative, said the program developed from First Tee, a golf program started 10 years ago, to encompass all sports.

The company doesn’t work on commission, Daniels said. Instead, they’re paid according to results.

“We don’t work off consulting fees,” he said. “We work off performance fees. That means, if we don’t perform, we don’t get paid.”

Daniels did not say how much the performance fees might be. Green said she made an appointment to meet with Mayor Phillip West the day before he announced his proposal for a $15 million recreation complex.

West said he didn’t know what Green wanted to talk about until they met.

“This was destined to be,” Green said. “That’s why I know it will be great, because it was predestined.”

The company’s Web site is