Skift editor Greg Oates wrote a wonderful article about the role of convention centers as instruments of city development & transition

The article highlights the success of reurbanized cities like Austin, Nashville, and Calgary. These cities are attracting more and more large scale conventions year after year.

“Due to accelerating globalization, more cities than ever are competing to attract foreign corporate investment and talent. Therefore, city leaders are placing a higher value on convention centers to help develop their destinations’ business brand.” — Greg Oates

Kevin Kane has said that Memphis’ new convention center will hopefully be under construction by late spring, early summer.