A new hotel means a big boost for Hearne's economy. Local officials broke ground Tuesday morning on a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites.
The hotel is located at 1645 North Market Street and is expected to be open by fall 2008.
Officials say the hotel is expected to bring 20 to 25 new full-time and part-time jobs to the community, more people spending money in Hearne, and a boost in tax revenue.
The $4 million hotel will have 64 rooms, a meeting room and pool. It will share a joint entrance and parking lot with a new AMA's Restaurant.
Tuesday's groundbreaking was two years in the making.