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Team studying convention center options

March 10, 2016

Summary: Convergence Design is part of a team studying options for a convention center in downtown Laredo, Texas. The study kicked off today with a stakeholder meeting in the Laredo City Council chambers. Local TV station KGNS filed this report...

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - A study is underway to see if a convention center in downtown will revitalize the area.

A study by a Dallas consulting company concluded ten years ago that if the city of Laredo decided to build a convention center in the downtown area it could attract visitors.

Now with the outlet mall developing, the study will look into the market demand, public feedback and other opportunities to see if building a convention center would not only bring in tourists but help revitalize the area.

"We're sure that this study will show that building a convention center downtown is viable and that we will bring in tourist. What we have to offer that's unique from other communities is our culture, our food, our traditions, our music and people are interested in that when they are looking where they are looking for a convention they want to go to a place that's unique", said Roberto Balli.

The study started on Thursday and will continue for the next three months.

A study by a Dallas consulting company concluded ten years ago that if the City of Laredo decided to build a convention center in the downtown area, it could attract visitors.

However, with the development of the outlet mall - a second study is underway to find out if building a convention center would be profitable for the city.

City officials, private business owners and the CSL firm held a presentation to talk about the study.

It will take three months for the company to asset any new developments in the downtown area.

It will look into the market demand, public feedback and other opportunities to see if building a convention center would not only bring in tourists to the city - but help revitalize the downtown area.

"Obviously we have fruition of the outlet mall, and it's close to being completed", says Bill Krueger, of Convention Sports and Leisure International. "I think that's going to be a big difference maker for Laredo. I think that other development in the community has certainly been involving in the last ten years. So we'll take a look at what's changed over the last ten years."

Coming up at KGNS News at Six, Councilman Roberto Balli talks about this project.


Go to http://www.kgns.tv/home/headlines/downtown-371702921.html

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