FEB 2015

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 C E N T R A L T E N N E S S E E The newly opened Music City Center is attracting big business to Nashville, according to Charles Starks, the facility's president/CEO, who recently announced that the convention center will generate over $93 million in economic impact to the city dur- ing the first half of fiscal year 2015. Notably, this is almost double the economic impact generated during the first six months of fiscal year 2014. "To think that we have doubled our economic impact numbers year-over-year during our second fiscal year of operation is pretty incredible," said Starks. "Our customers have loved being in Nashville and many have already rebooked with us for future years." Of its 2015 event, the Music City Center recently hosted the annual Mary Kay Inc. Leadership Con- ference, an event that has brought almost 10,000 visitors to downtown Nashville. n The New Music City Center Draws You In The Music City convention center is a new building specifically designed with meeting planners in mind. With 1.2 million square feet of meeting and exhibi- tion space, the facility offers the flexibility to accommodate various types of meet- ings from a small, private dinner to a large-scale convention. Quick Facts: n 353,143 square feet of exhibit space n the largest grand ballroom in the state, with 57,500 square feet of space n 18,000-square-foot Davidson Ballroom n 60 meeting rooms that occupy 90,000 square feet of space n 1,800 space parking garage n Inside The Music City Center

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