Southeastern Region Personnel Begin Move to New Office
With their move into new offices already underway, Little League Baseball and Softball personnel are busy completing one of the final steps in the organization’s relocation of its Southeastern Region Headquarters from Gulfport, Fla. to Warner Robins, Ga.
Jennifer Colvin, the Southeastern Region Director, and her staff began moving on Friday (Feb. 5) from their temporary offices in Perry, Ga., to their permanent home in the 10,400-square-foot administration building located on Snellgrove Drive. It is expected to take approximately one week to complete the move.
The Southeastern Region staff has been in temporary offices since July 2009.
“We trust this is the beginning of a relationship that will continue to grow, while providing the Southeastern Region with first-rate facilities and an important center for Little League activity,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League International, said. “A great number of people have come together to make this project possible and we are grateful for all of their hard work.”
Some of the financial and in-kind support that made the project possible came from Houston County, the Houston County Development Authority, the City of Warner Robins, Flint Energies, OneGeorgia Authority and Musco Sports Lighting.
In addition to the administration building, the $5.5 million facility will include a stadium, to be completed in April, a maintenance facility, restrooms, concession stands, gift shop and batting cages. There is also space for expansion in the future on the 26-acre site. The stadium, which does have lights, will seat 2,500 fans with a hillside area around the field bringing the total capacity to approximately 5,000.
Completion of the stadium will be the final phase of the project that started two years ago with interest from 18 cities in six states to become the administrative center for Little League’s operation in the Southeastern Region, which services Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The list of 18 potential sites was narrowed to three in August 2008. Four months later, Warner Robins was selected to be the site.
At the time Warner Robins was selected as the site, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue said, “On these fields, our young people will learn teamwork, sportsmanship and the value of hard work. I am so proud this great organization has chosen Warner Robins as its home base for the Southeastern Region. Little League is a world-class organization and I am proud to welcome them to Georgia.”
The annual Southeastern Region Tournament for both Little League Baseball (ages 11-12) and Little League Softball (ages 11-12) will be played at the Warner Robins facility. The winner of those tournaments will represent the Southeastern Region in its respective World Series. The final game of the baseball tournament there this August will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.
A dedication of the facility is tentatively scheduled for later this year.
The previous regional center, located in Gulfport, Fla., a suburb of St. Petersburg, had served as the headquarters since 1967.