SARASOTA, Florida - The 2017 World Rowing Championship is coming to the United States for the first time in 20 years.

The event will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. More than $40 million in public and private-sector funding has been used to help transform the area.

Outside of the Olympics, the championship will be the biggest rowing competition that year. It's expected to attract more than 1,500 athletes from more than 70 countries.

Governor Rick Scott came out with a statement Mondayregarding the local counties 2017 hosting opportunity.

"It is great news to hear that the Sunshine State was selected to host the World Rowing Championships in 2017. With 100,000 tourists expected to visit, nearly 1,500 rowers from across the globe coming to compete and millions in economic impact to Florida, this event will create many opportunities for our families and job creators," saidGovernor Scott.

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. is so confident in the economic growth opportunities of the Sarasota Rowing Center that they made a commitment to return state tax dollars invested in this facility if it failed to generate in excess of $25 million in state sales tax between July 1, 2013 and December 30, 2018.

"Because of the policies we put in place over the last two years, we were able to make strategic investments in Florida like the Nathan Benderson Park, which will be the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships.=," said Scott. "Florida is undoubtedly the best state in the nation for sports and we are glad Florida was selected to host the largest rowing event in the world."

Click here to view the letter signed by the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc.

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