Proposal: Recommended Procedures

A Activation:
__We recommend that full authority be granted by the four States to a joint non-profit Corporation organized to promote, construct and operate a combined New York World's Fair 1964-1965 exhibit, and to raise funds for that purpose.
__The Corporation will select an architect with whom it will enter into a contract covering the usual architectural functions set forth in the established practices of the American Institute off Architecture.

__For building construction and landscaping, the Corporation will negotiate with selected building and landscape contractors, preferably in the New York area, choosing the contractors either by standard bidding procedures or by negotiation.

__For interior exhibits, the Corporation will negotiate with Ivel Construction Corporation within the established budget.
__For special services, utilities, security, maintenance, insurance coverage, etc., the Corporation will make individual contracts with the various companies involved.
__As an alternative, the Corporation will enter into a management contract with Ivel Construction Corporation to cover the coordination of the entire project to timely completion, including the supervision of all services, management of operations during the two years of the Fair and the period of demolition, site-restoration, etc., the fee for these services to be negotiated.

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B Financing:
__Since it appears from the foregoing that a major portion of the total budget must be expended prior to the opening date of the Fair and well before the availability of the indicated revenues, it is recommended that consideration be given to various alternative methods of raising such portion of the initial capital as the States might collectively be unable to contribute.

__Two possible sources for such "venture capital" are:

  1. Borrowing from a consortium of banks located in the four States, on notes or debentures secured by the names of a group of responsible public-spirited citizens, backed up by a primary lien on the exhibit revenues, less operating expenses.
  2. An underwriting through the cooperation of an investment company; a well-known New York underwriter with a Kansas City branch has expressed interest in this project on terms involving 6% interest on the debentures and an underwriting cost not to exceed 10%.

__In this connection, it should be noted that the requirement of funds is spread over a considerable period of time (see "Timetable" Page 21). Pick-up of loan commitments only when needed will hold interest charges to a minimum.

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B - FINANCING: (cont'd)
__The amount required for all costs up to June 1st, 1964, 40 days after the opening of the Fair, is about $1,465,000, which, for the purpose of this analysis, may be considered as "venture capital".

__Following is a suggested proforma target:

Total Capital Required:
__Contributions by Four State Governments
__Revenue from Commercial Exhibitors
260,000 760,000.
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Total Required Borrowing:
$ 705,000.
__Since this amount is substantially less than the amount of basic revenues anticipated, it is believed that a safe margin remains for payment of obligations, leaving a considerable balance to be returned pro rata to the States, thus reducing their respective net contributions:
Estimated Admission Revenues (at 60% capacity) $1,089,584.
Operating and Demolition Costs Subsequent to June 1, 1964 254,820.
Available for Repayment $ 834,764.
Amount borrowed 705,000.
Contingency or Surplus to States
$ 129,764.
Less interest and underwriting costs.

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