Congratulations to Centre College and Danville on their upcoming encore on the national stage.
Centre's selection to host next year's only vice presidential debate is a tribute to the great job the college did in 2000 when it hosted a nationally televised match-up between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.
The debate is expected to bring 5,000 to 10,000 visitors to Danville, including as many as 30 television and satellite trucks.
The economic benefits will spill over into other Central Kentucky communities; one of the requirements for landing a debate is having 3,000 hotel rooms within 30 minutes by car.
And it's hard to calculate the benefits of the national exposure to Centre and the region. Broadcasting more scenes of Danville in October can only enhance Kentucky's image.
Congratulations, too, to Eastern Kentucky University for competing to bring a debate to its new Center for the Arts. EKU fell short, but there will be another chance in four years.