The Rockingham Raceway/Vets-Help project executive summary.
(Mooresville, NC, 4-25-2015) veterans, through Vets-Help (a Team Patriot initiative), and Andy Hillenburg, owner of the Rock (Rockingham Raceway) have teamed up in a new and unprecedented partnership. Transitioning military, veterans and their families have a new home for transitioning - the Rockingham Raceway in Rockingham, NC. VH is taking the lead in bringing in industrial plants, transitional facilities including assisted, independent and transitional housing, educational programs and facilities, community medical and wellness program incorporating medical research into relevant biological/chemical issues, family transitions, ptsd remediation and assistance with moral injury. Andy Hillenburg has excellent facilities including a campus across the street from the Charlotte Motor Speedway that will serve as additional vocational training location. The combination of the economic development programs created in partnership to assist funding the track operations through ground leases and other tools becomes the only viable method to keep racing affordable in the 21st century. The central location in south central North Carolina is within a relatively short distance from hundreds of thousands of active duty personnel, hundreds of thousands of veterans, and hundreds of thousands of reservists and national guard members.
The joint combination is giving our constituents the opportunity to translate their military skills to civilian skills, decompress with their families, gain new occupations and be lined up for substantial and sustainable employment in a number of areas. The expected $ 50 million in vets-help based investments in the rock on excess property allows the rock to put its’ enormous capabilities into excellent use as a secure, fun, non-traditional and effective method of education, reintegration and family wellness program designed exclusively for the partnership. The ability of vets-help to tap into numerous federal and state programs, especially as a partner in several White House programs, gives the program an unusual number of partners in high places who understand the desperate need for this project.
Lauri Eberhart, the attorney for Vets-Help, has been critical in the development of the partnership. Lauri has invaluable experience as the past general counsel for speedway motorsports and as Executive Vice President for the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
F&M Bank in Salisbury has taken more than a little time in working with us to be able to move ahead it has finally consented after months of wasting time and resources. We have a projected closing date of June 30, 2015. The project is invaluable for our military and veterans, is a financial life-saver for the rock as a track, and allows us the ability to take a problem project and turn it back into a current and excellent part of the community.
Last but not least, Vets-Help has an active program involving similar reintegration programs for our nation’s disabled population – 55 million strong. We have the capabilities of moving the disabled to a secure and fun campus, and open up ability one companies to employ our disabled, allow them to become business owners, and give them true equal opportunity to enjoy life.
Our constituency is enormous – there are 24 million veterans, 55 million disabled Americans, and they have families. Our programs are lined up to be replicated throughout the industry with vets-help as the lead non-profit, along with american veterans in need, a partner non-profit out of south Florida.
Vets-Help transition program menu:
1. Warrior (active duty military) transition program.
2. Veteran transition programs from the veterans administration.
3. Vocational training programs –
A. Requires coordination with local community colleges
B. Requires state education department approval
C. Two campuses – Concord and Rockingham to start.
D. VA coordination
E. Technical institute environmental and stem training and support for our industrial component.
4. Government contract procurement through ncmbdc (north carolina military business development center)
A. Prime vendor subcontracts
B. Subcontractor subcontracts
C. Through loop business management.
D. Through omnicon engineering.
5. Commercial contracts and subcontracts.
6. Medic credentials verified through governor’s office.
7. Ptsd remediation
8. Moral injury assistance
9. Central intake center for south east united states – all military bases, reserves and national guard.
10. Coordination with economic development offices (cabarrus, iredell and richmond counties).
Vets-help industrial programs:
1. Bio-fuel plants:
A. Grain mill and distillery combination for bio fuel. (benton, il)
B. Paralysis plant processing tires, plastics, fluids into bio-fuel. (south florida).
2. Aerated concrete plants (east st louis-initial plant).
3. Financial services (all locations).
4. Stem and environmental manufacturing programs (all locations.)
5. Military vehicle refurbishing (fabrication facilities).
6. Fabrication shops. (concord, nc and rockingham, nc).
7. Our ada compliant rv trailer and rescue program, whitefish, mt.
A. Fema contracts
B. Recreational programs for disabled community
8. Team patriot programs (all locations).
9. Independent living centers – disabled (south florida, north carolina)
10. Assisted living centers (south florida, north carolina).
11. Food, nutritional and hospitality programs (all locations).
12. Housing programs – trackside and other (rockingham).
13. Community medical centers. (all locations)
14. Community redevelopment programs. (all locations)
15. Veteran transitioning centers – educational and housing.
16. Conex recycling.
Vets-help partnerships and supporters:
1. Rockingham raceway, fast track high performance racing school and andy hillenburg.
2. Source america (ability one contracts)
3. Arca race series 2015
4. Possible nascar truck series 2015
5. E-car races – formula and others
6. Team patriot rolling thunder modified series 2015 – rockingham home.
7. City of miami – mayor’s office. Veteran programs, industrial development, housing.
8. Film and television production – city of miami and others.
9. City of east st louis – industrial development and veteran housing.
10. White house partnerships – faith based and neighborhood program, office of public engagement and corporation for national and community service. (martin luther king day partner, ability to award presidential volunteer service certificates).
12. Ca (computer associates)
14. Nascar charities
15. Magic promotion and entertainment under johnny green brings 40 years of entertainment including world-renowned artist peter max, racing connections, and music groups such as cheap trick, dave mason of traffic, marshall faulk and many very well-known acts as well as former hip hop clients through the founder such as public enemy, salt-n-pepa, etc.
16. American farmers and veterans biofuel plant (benton, il)
17. Wsm fabrication (east saint louis)
18. Agrex spa, italy
19. Furst-mcness corporation.
20. Grain processing corporation.
21. Veteran farm cooperatives, usda and agricultural projects.
22. Capital formation groups and financial properties management.
23. Rockstar race and concert series (team patriot series).
24. Family appreciation festivals with team patriot races and other events.
25. Moral injury tour – television tour. (presbyterian church support, military chaplains support).
26. Texas rangers – austin, tx.
27. Vet force (veterans entrepreneurial taskforce, rick weidman), washington, dc.
28. North carolina military business development center, governor’s veteran workforce task force, nc commerce veteran affairs.
29. Irs- vita force partnership by mou.
30. Ana (association of national advertisers) – marketing opportunities.
31. Cfed, aspen institute, fdic, new america foundation
32. Treasury department – fdic and cde programs.
33. Auto racing industry support.
34. North carolina racing hall of fame museum in mooresville, nc.
35. Nfl referee program.
36. Harlem wizards basketball program available to work with us.
Structure of program: “team patriot” – (corporate umbrella)
1. Vets-help.Org (501)c3 – our non-profit responsible for all of our veteran support activities.
2. American veterans in need (fl)(501)c3 – our sister non-profit in florida addressing housing needs for those in high risk situations.
3. Florida veterans foundations (501)c3 – sister non-profit established by the florida legislature in 2008 as a direct support organization for the florida department of veterans’ affairs (fdva).
4. Industrial development division
5. Community development division
6. Reintegration and wellness division
7. Motorsports and racing division
8. Team patriot disability division
9. Sports and entertainment division
10. Executive division
The partnership consists of parallel business plans operating independently but in conjunction with each other. The following divisions launch simultaneously:
A. Rockingham race track operations.
B. Fast track high performance driving school.
C. Concord speed shop complex.
D. Veterans transition school (vocational rehabilitation, etc).
E. Vets-help industrial development.
F. Vets-help housing programs.
G. Disabled industries.
There are numerous government entities and agencies that will be involved during launch:
A. Economic development centers:
1. Cabarrus county for the harrisburg (concord) campus,
2. Richmond county for the racetrack,
3. Iredell county for the vets-help mooresville office.
B. State of north carolina:
1. Military attache – office of the governor
2. Department of commerce – veterans affairs – office of the governor.
3. Governor’s task force for veteran affairs.
4. North carolina racing commission
C. Us government:
A. White house – melissa rogers, faithbased & neighborhood
Valerie jarrett, office of public engagement
Wendy spencer, corp for national and community service
Koby langley, associate director, public engagement and intergovernmental affairs
B. Veteran affairs - washington headquarters:
1. Office of the secretary – rev. E. Terri lavelle, director fbn
2. Office of the secretary – tom leney, director cve
3. Office of the secretary – terri nguyen, voc rehab
4. Office of the secretary – will gunn, general counsel
5. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
C. Department of labor – washington headquarters:
1. Office of the secretary – rev phil tom, director, fbn
2. Office of the secretary - junior ortiz, assistant secretary
3. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
D. Department of housing and urban development:
1. Office of the secretary – paula lincoln, director, fbn
2. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
E. Us department of agriculture:
1. Office of the secretary – norah deluhery, director, fbn
2. Office of the secretary - patrice kunesh, deputy under secretary, rural development
3. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
F. Us treasury:
1. Cdfi program
2. Cde program
3. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
G. Us department of defense:
1. Joint chief of staff warrior transition office – pentagon
2. Office of small and disadvantaged business utilization
Each office has its’ own series of benefits, grants and programs, including budgeted and funded entitlement programs for our clients. These programs are important for developing program revenues, support dollars, cost mitigation opportunities, beneficial investment platforms, favorable banking, procurement opportunities, business formation and development. The basis of sound investments combined with excellent programs builds directly into our entertainment and merchandising platform. The combination of all of the above offers us a superior range of multiple streams of program revenues, royalties, grants, sponsorships, investment incentives, and tax credits to maximize return on investment for our investors. It ensures success of our business ventures and of all of our reintegration, wellness and quality of life programs under vets-help.
The following revenues are scheduled as indicated:
A. Rockingham race track operations. The redevelopment of the track as a viable race venue is predicated on making the track a destination. The actions of vets-help in bringing sizable interest and use by military, reserve and national guard, veterans and their families, as well as the disabled population, gives the track significant traffic. The additional use of our entertainment programs including concerts, races, films, other events, are designed to continuously entertain and attract families and military post personnel. Csx railway had operated a train from raleigh. We will be in discussion with csx on a number of needs.
Race track amenities, attendance, concerts, concessions, merchandising, corporate boxes, events, leasing of the track for special events, races from a number of series including arca, nascar, our own team patriot rolling thunder series, road racing events and so on develop the full spectrum of ongoing use that returns the track to a profitable venue.
Ground rents and other revenues from vets-help housing, programs and industrial investments will cover the carrying costs of the track, leaving operational income available to ensure excellent maintenance of the facilities, appropriate purses to attract high-quality racing, and other normal race activities and draws. Finally, sponsorship is expected to be another significant segment for developing our revenue.
B. Fast track high performance driving school. Andy hillenburg has an active race school. Vets-help principals have been approached to instruct various governmental agencies and police departments in the art of high speed, pursuit and executive defensive driving through fast track. Those revenues will generate significant additional opportunities to expand operations, hire new personnel, and support our programs. We will use fast track to provide funding, sponsorship and corporate events in support of our programs. These additional uses enables the fast track entity to increase revenues, expand its’ inventory of two seat and other race cars, and make it a premier national player.
C. Concord speed shop complex. Andy, through one of his entities, owns a substantial speed shop complex a very short distance from the charlotte motor speedway in concord, nc. Two of the speed shops are available for use by vets-help in establishing a vocational training program with local institutes. The cabarrus county edc has met with us and promised extensive assistance in making this happen quickly. Once inspected by the state as an educational facility and we reach agreements with colleges, we will have our own vocational training program through the va that offers rent subsidies for veterans, living stipends, tools and materials, and a fee for vets-help for the education. The first building is a 6,000 square foot fully equipped speed shop complete with fabrication equipment. The second building is a fully sealed paint shop. We are thus able to offer a number of ongoing courses with students involved in an active race environment, participating with our own series and teams.
The second prime use of the facility includes getting procurement projects through the north carolina military business center with whom we are in close contact. There have been 1943 total wins as of august 2014, with a minimum value of $3.84 billion maximum value of $13.23 billion through this program. We are working with an engineering firm out of new york to generate stem jobs and contracts through our offices and disabled veteran procurement programs.
D. Veterans transition school (vocational rehabilitation, etc). Our vocational program generates tuition paid to us by the veterans administration. Our test program was also supported by race and automotive vendors. We have the ability to develop placement fees for our graduates. Various employers have veteran centric programs we are connecting with so we can offer direct employment to our graduates. Our students will be assisting us in working on fabrication and other industrial projects that we are awarded through procurement and/or commercial endeavors.
E. Vets-help industrial development. 1. We have commitments from recycling plant and bio-fuel plant operators to establish our own plants on site. One plant will be similar to our existing plant in southern illinois. We have approached the secretary of the army energy initiative office to go after recycling contracts from nearby forts bragg and jackson. We have a member of the program who worked with us in the military years and is being very supportive in that office. We expect to have the plant built within 12 months after approval. We have the operators, ability to get funding, and we will be using veterans in our construction crews. We have the unique ability to mitigate construction costs because of our training and mentorship programs, plus the ability to get payroll reimbursement dollars from the va and through the department of labor, plus numerous tax credits. 2. We have a fabrication shop we are ready to locate at the site after putting up suitable facilities. North carolina has been very active in assisting getting federal procurement contracts. We will pursue these and other fabrication business. We are combining our auto racing heritage at the track with numerous related business in addition to construction and other fabrication opportunities. We have been asked by the city of miami to look at disposition of conex containers, and we have the ability to build our adapted trailers for our disabled population. This program was successfully launched in 2014, and we are replicating it throughout the country. We are working with fema to develop contracts for use in emergency search and rescue projects. 3. We met with an environmental engineering firm later last year to build an assembly and engineering facility. We are following up on this partnership, as the stem jobs will be created by us for our graduates. Ground rents will be paid to the track to ensure its’ financial survival. Vets-help derives ongoing financial support from our industrial plants by a management fee paid every year. It is our intention to never have to fundraise because of our own self-sustaining. 4. Additional investment will be contemplated as appropriate. These economic activities will be replicated at additional facilities around the country.
F. Vets-help housing programs. Our housing programs include the following divisions: 1. Transitional facilities for our military and veterans participating in our decompression and vocational programs. 2. Affordable apartment style townhouses for families in our programs. 3. Individual housing for families as needed. 4. Assisted living facilities for veterans needing our support and services. 5. Independent living facilities around the race tracks and in the area for veterans, their families, and non-veterans. 6. Special independent living centers with proper support for our disabled population and their families. The disabled population brings federal funding with them. 7. Our programs require a substantial food services support service. We are in discussion now with providers, and will be expanding that search. The creation of our culinary program enables us to provide excellent food services to our own population, the general area population, and patrons of our racing and other sporting and entertainment events.
The confluence of the population we are creating enables us to develop our own wellness center offering community medical services, ptsd remediation, family counseling, moral injury assistance, nutritional and other quality of life programs.
There are great opportunities to include financial education as part of our program along with our free tax services through our partnership with the irs. We anticipate building a critical mass large enough to enable us to create our own financial entities to serve our constituency. We are able to generate attractive and safe investment opportunities that incorporate federal backstops, tax credits, and excellent cash on cash returns. Vets-help is continuing to get community development enterprise and community financial investment funds status through the department of treasury. This status enables us to get access to new market tax credits, technical assistance grants, and funds for asset building programs.
G. Disabled industries. We are partners with source america, an ability one program that offers procurement and service contracts with governments created by law to ensure employment of the disabled population. A contract, once acquired, is for the life of the need of the government as long as minimum employment of 75% disabled persons is maintained and the quality of the product and/or services is appropriate. Our disabled communities offer quality of life, security, and the opportunity to mainstream in all our activities. Team patriot continues to develop and support sporting and recreational activities for our disabled population as well as providing accessibility and emergency services on demand. Finally, the explosion of interest in disabled sports enables us to become a national and international headquarters for motor and other sports. We have had a number of folks advised us to become the red bull of disabled sports. Our partnership with the track gives us an excellent opportunity to expand our land footprint to develop additional and cutting edge training facilities.
H. Sponsorships. Our team patriot marketing guru is a disabled veteran, and served as one of the top executives for sears corporate in chicago. We are setting up a full press plan to engage significant public relations firms who have the ability and interest to support us with their clients. We are speaking with prime promoters who would be instrumental in implementing our programs. The combined extraordinary experience of our current team enables us to take advantage of a significant existing rolodex including many of the top music acts. Peter max, the iconic pop artist, has already agreed to work with us through a personal relationship. Our involvement with the association of national advertisers puts us directly into the marketing boardrooms of the nation’s major corporations.
I. Entertainment. It is our combined belief that the use of entertainment will bring families to our events through our family appreciation festivals using music, sports, rides, etc. We have spoken with cosmetic firms who have expressed an interest in supporting our fests with freebies such as makeovers for the women. Our ability to schedule these festivals to coincide with our racing programs and series, and other events, enables us to help fill seats in a number of other racing venues, along with enticing other venues to join our program for developing economic hubs and transition centers throughout the us. We are able to work with major acts doing one-off concerts for our benefit, create our own tours, and generate a huge groundswell of support because of the win-win-win nature of our events. We employ typical music industry publicity that traditionally accompany acts to build their buzz, sell records and tickets. The outreach also hits family members of service members and veterans who need our help, and who are in a position to now offer meaningful programs developed and tested by veterans for veterans, and with minimal intrusion by the federal government.
J. Merchandising. A natural byproduct of our many programs is the use of merchandising to support our team patriot projects. The grass roots guerilla marketing campaign combined with our government and corporate partners give us a pincer movement to capture attention, good-will and support. The combination of peter max with painting a race-car for us, as he already did for dale earnhardt senior, and other products, gives us an enormous boost as we roll out our full agenda. Again, our extensive experience in the entertainment business gives us an excellent appreciation for what we need to do and how to accomplish it. Having a number of major public icons supporting us gives us outstanding support in exploiting brand loyalty on a number of fronts.
K. Grants. Our projects cover broad areas of research, social programs, development, housing, social services, etc, which have access to numerous grants from both government and private sources. We will initially engage existing grant-writing service.
L. Donations/fund-raising. We prefer to be self-supporting, however, the nature of our programs mandate that concerts, races, and other typical fund-raising activities will be a part of our capitalization of our many excellent programs.