Start building convention center

Start building convention center

There are 3 comments on the Albany Times Union story from Jul 24, 2012, titled Start building convention center. In it, Albany Times Union reports that:

The recent sale of the Albany Aqua Ducks is a direct result of inaction on the New York State Convention Center /Albany project.

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Albany, NY

#1 Jul 25, 2012

Schenectady, NY

#2 Jul 26, 2012
The construction of a convention center follows a predictable script:

1. Local politians- realizing that they can get in on the ground floor of construction contracts, land-deals, and concession contracts – propose that their city builds a convention center.

2. Local business owners – believing that they will see a huge uptick in business (while contributing very little extra in taxes) support the politicians’ plans.

3. Taxpayer groups produce studies which prove that the vast majority of convention centers lose money.

4. Local politicians and business-owners explain that – while its true that most convention centers lost money – they bring in far more dollars to local restaurants and entertainment venues than they cost…AND they support more local jobs!

5. The city builds a convention center that comes in WAY over-budget, only benefits business-owners, costs millions to maintain, and never, EVER reduces anyone’s taxes.

6. Local residents wonder how it happened.

Albany, NY

#3 Jul 26, 2012
We've got a virtully empty arena, that we didn't need when it was built 23 yersago, and still don't need now.

We have hotels that operate way below capacity.

We simply aren't a large enough metropolitan area to justify a convention center.

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