A Privately-Run Convention Center?

Monday, Jun 3, 2013  |  Updated 6:03 AM EDT
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A Privately-Run Convention Center?

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The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia is shown Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007. Demolition work is set to begin Wednesday for a $700 million expansion of the center, which is slated to be fully operational by 2010. The first wrecking ball will swing after more than five years of wrangling over labor issues and construction costs. (AP Photo/George Widman)

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The biggest place for conventions and meetings in the area could soon be privately operated.

Pennsylvania Convention Center board members are scheduled to vote this week on whether to hire a private firm to run the day-to-day operations.

The vote comes in the wake of a report of a steep decline in major convention bookings beginning next year, through at least 2016.

Convention Center board chairman Gregory Fox tells KYW Newsradio outsourcing management may be a way to reverse that.

Two of the three bidders for the contract, SMG of Conshohocken and Comcast-owned Global Spectrum (Comcast is the parent company of NBC10), are considered the front runners.

On Wednesday the board may choose from among the three, or may decide to retain the current local staff.

Since it opened 20 years ago, the Pennsylvania Convention Center has been run by a politically appointed board that oversees paid staff.

 


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