Detroit, San Francisco Are the Next Cities to Discuss Convention Center Expansions

The down economy certainly isn't stopping cities from investing in convention and meeting business. Just ask Nashville, which recently approved the purchase of 16 acres of land for the new Music City Center.

Detroit is also following suit. The Michigan state legislature recently passed a bill that authorized the expansion of the Cobo Center, to be paid for by regional liquor and hotel tax revenues, according to Spinal Column Newsweekly.

However, Detroit officials do have 30 days to act on the proposal or the funds will go to renovating a convention center in the suburbs.

At the same time, the city of San Francisco said it's considering a major expansion of the Moscone Center. Dubbed Moscone East, the plan would include the addition of 180,000 square feet of meeting space and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. This would increase the San Francisco convention center's current size by 25 percent.

With the state of the economy as it is, do you think it's a good idea to keep investing in convention centers?

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