Friday, January 21, 2005

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before

So there is a report that comes out by Mr. Heywood Sanders at the Brookings Institute that says it’s a bad idea to build a convention center in your city and expect it to have positive economic impact. He’s been studying convention centers and their economic impact for the last 2o years. And certain elected officials in a city that are planning to build a convention center and who have their own report saying that it is a great idea to do so… dismiss the report outright.

Quote from City Official

“Sanders’ report is a “broad generalization” that doesn’t take into account the unique generators of demand…that are being incorporated into the Insert City Name Here proposal”.

Anything else you care to add to dismiss the findings of the Brookings report that says your planned convention center is a big loser of a proposition especially since 40 other cities are planning to build new ones as we speak?

City Official: "We still have a tremendous advantage in that we have a first-class, location to sell," he said.

Think you know who the official is and what city he works in?

That’s right. Bruce Bustamante. Of Anchorage, Alaska.

You can find the whole story here. (Note: in this story they refer to the "Outside". I believe this refers to the rest of the U.S. Regardless of what it means, I like it and it has a real Sci-Fi feel to it that fits well with the current political climate).