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Raleigh convention center thriving in down economy

Many companies and associations nationwide are shying away from larger, more expensive cities for convention in favor of places the size of Raleigh, officials said.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The new downtown convention center hasn't been hurt by the economic downturn, according to officials.

Convention center officials said some companies canceled holiday parties at the facility, but organizations continue to call about booking other events.

Dennis Edwards, the president and chief executive of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, said many companies and associations nationwide are shying away from larger, more expensive cities for convention in favor of places the size of Raleigh.

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