Wardell went on to mention that if Jacksonville wins the bid, the economic benefits of hosting the tournaments should provide a shot in the arm for many of the town's businesses and will have an overall positive impact that reaches far beyond JISD and JC.
"Our local hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shopping centers will all benefit by having this large number of schools and their fans in Jacksonville for four or five days," he said. "It would be a significant boost to our local economy with the amount of dollars that would be spent right here in Jacksonville."
Nabi went on record as saying that he believes the resources that JISD and JC bring to the table should make the Jacksonville bid even more attractive.
"We're excited about Region 14's new bid process and are excited about working with the JISD administrators on organizing a first class operation": he said. "JISD administration has been so supportive in helping us secure this site for this future event."
NJCAA Region 14 will field 14 men's basketball teams in the 2014-15 season and 11 women's clubs — Bossier Parish (La.) Community College and Coastal Bend College in Beeville have added womens teams that will be playing in the conference for the first time this season.
Ninety to 95-percent of the teams usually qualify for the circuit's championship tournaments.