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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2008 > Morganton, N.C., and Warner Robins, Ga., Selected as a Finalists for Relocation of Little League Southeast Region Headquarters

Morganton, N.C., and Warner Robins, Ga., Selected as a Finalists for Relocation of Little League Southeast Region Headquarters

Morganton, N.C., and Warner Robins, Ga., Selected as a Finalists for Relocation of Little League Southeast Region Headquarters

Site for 2009 Regional Tournament to be announced

The finalists for the relocation of the Southeast Region Headquarters of Little League Baseball and Softball have been narrowed to two, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League International.

A total of 18 cities in six states of the eight-state Southeast Region had originally submitted proposals to become the new home of the headquarters. Three finalist cities chosen in August were, in alphabetical order: Greenville, S.C.; Morganton, N.C.; and Warner Robins, Ga.

“Our Board of Directors made the difficult decision to narrow the field to Morganton and Warner Robins today,” Mr. Keener said. “Our Board of Directors was impressed by all the proposals. We are grateful to the leaders and citizens of Greenville, and we certainly appreciate their interest and enthusiasm.

“And now we look forward to working with Morganton and Warner Robins in the final phase in the selection process. The timeline for finding a new home for the Southeast Region Headquarters site is progressing well.”

Currently, the Southeast Region Headquarters is located in Gulfport, Fla., a suburb of St. Petersburg. Acting on an offer from Pinellas County Schools, Little League International sold the 12.8-acre property earlier this year. The Southeast Region Headquarters, which will be occupied by regional staff until the end of this year, is the oldest of Little League’s five regional offices in the United States.

The Southeast Region Headquarters serves as the administrative center for Little League Baseball and Softball activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The annual Southeast Region Championship game (formerly the Southern Region Championship game) has been televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 every year since 1997.

As the site for the new Regional Headquarters is developed, it will be necessary to play the 2009 Little League Baseball Regional Tournament at an alternate location. That location, to be used only for one year, will be announced in the coming months by Little League International.

Little League hopes to announce the new site for the Southeast Region Headquarters by the end of 2008.