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Every city in the country right now is vying for conventioneers by buildings (even) bigger convention centers with more amenities. If Minneapolis wants to compete it'll have to seriously expand or simply redo the current convention center, which -- if it isn't already obsolete -- will become obsolete very soon. I'm not sure I see Minneapolis as ever being a major convention city, and we're so far behind as it is it'd take a monumental effort to catch up to some of the other big players for conventions (like Orlando, Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, etc.) and NOBODY would vote to fund such a thing. I say either accept our "lowly" position in this industry or up the ante big time if you want to play with the big boys!
Getting goverment out of subsidizing business operations in this manner isn't just the right thing to do, it's the lawful thing to do. Privatize this beast and get the property back on the tax tolls until we can fix that errant situation as well.
It wouldn't hurt if the people who use the center actually pay their bills either, as per yesterday's column about deadbeat conventions.
"The convention center has failed to generate the revenue its boosters projected 20 years." Shocking, just shocking. I'll bet this can all be turned around if they just build a bigger, fancier convention center.
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