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Visitors bureau wants more money for Raleigh Convention Center

Posted August 8, 2010
Updated August 9, 2010

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— The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to ask county and city leaders to double the Raleigh Convention Center's budget to $750,000, according to a Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda document.

The convention center's financing contract is expected to be discussed Monday at the commissioners meeting.

The bureau said the extra money would help attract 20 more conventions to downtown Raleigh every year and help continue offering discounts and deals to groups.

Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Tony Gurley said Sunday that he understands the need to discuss the convention center's finances as trade shows and conventions are often booked years in advance. The convention center's current contract runs to 2012.

The $220 million convention center is funded through hotel and restaurant taxes.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 9, 2010

    The Convention Center, the new outdoor arena, and the proposed new building for the city government are all part of Meeker and Allen's goal to build monuments to themselves at the taxpayers expense.

  • ncguy Aug 9, 2010

    What a money pit. Once again the city wants our tax dollars for pet projects.

    I have been in the hotel business for 20 years and the raleigh convention center is NOT a destination for events.

    It will never be....

    Vegas, disney, myrtle beach etc...

    why go to raleigh when you can go to these other places for the same money..

  • Pseudonym Aug 9, 2010


    There are some events open to the general public. For example, the auto show, where you pay $8 a head to get in, they'll try to sell you a $70,000 vehicle that loses half its value in 3 years, and you get to eat a $5 hot dog and wash it down with a $3 Coke. See, there's stuff open to you!

  • FavoriteMistake Aug 9, 2010

    IceCreamMan ... methinkthis is correct, according to the latest report to the City Council 86% of the "hotel and restaurant taxes" are paid by Wake County residents eating in restaurants. So the covention center is truly funded by Wake County taxpayers to whom the facility is of only marginal benefit. Its just more downtown crony-ism and patronage.

  • IceCreamMan Aug 9, 2010

    methinkthis - read the part where it says 'The $220 million convention center is funded through hotel and restaurant taxes.'

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 9, 2010

    The calculation for determining whether the convention center helped the economy is to compare receipts year to year without considering other sources.

    It's a very questionable calculation much like determining how many jobs that the stimulus created or saved.

    You can't determine so you optimistically guess. The good thing for the lying politician is that nobody can prove them wrong because there are no verifiable facts to back up their calculation.

  • methinkthis Aug 9, 2010

    How many businesses outside the I440/I40 loop actually benefit from a convention at the Civic Center? The Civic Center is a commercial venture. It should be run as one and not be dependent on the taxpayers.

  • GWALLY Aug 9, 2010

    Call Yobama...he has the money. (if not he will print saome more and tax some more)!!!

  • superman Aug 9, 2010

    Meeker and his group need to "sit" on this!

  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 9, 2010

    The economic impact that governments claim are notoriously exaggerated. Giving a very rosy best case scenario that in private business would land you in court for fraud.