Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Convention Centers

We've heard a number of people express the desire for a convention center up here, some suggesting that would be a good use of the Balloon Tract. Convention centers, at least from everything I've heard, usually end up being a drain on the economy as this Los Angeles Times commentary explains.

I'm not saying some sort of convention center wouldn't be nice to have up here. But, if convention centers don't pay off for bigger cities, I can't see how one would work up here.

13 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Kerrigan can make it work! If anyone can, Kerrigan can!

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

k-man is great

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

k-man is great

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's have the city spend years in litigation to get UP to do a clean up. Then they can spend tens of millions on construction. Then the people of Eureka can subsidize it for millions each year. Sounds like a Progressives wet dream.

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm feeling the white stuff drip down by leg as I type!

 
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kerrigan is all talk, he has built nothing and he will build nothing. i wish the left would grow some real leaders already.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Yeah, and that Mike Jones is such a great mentor.

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

comparing kerrigan to jones is hardly the way to uplift kerrigan. how about we look at our values, then look at how chris is failing to implement them in any meaningful way. just saying hes not as bad as the worst is just the kind of lesser-evil politics that gave us bill clinton, john kerry and mike thompson.

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:19 is in the 8% who don't care for Mike Thompson - a truly great congressman. Gawd, you right-wingers are foaming at the mouth. Still sore about the election?

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

id win elections too if i outspent every opponent i face by 50 to 1. what a hero for cash and carry democracy.

 
At 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the Adorni paying for itself?
The City ripped off Harry Adorni's bequest to build it.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger rgans said...

How about the Eureka Inn as possible convention center?

It has many of the qualities that could be utilized consisting of large and small conference rooms, reception areas (pool area, old rib room, etc), kitchens, onsite parking and the location sits in the heart of downtown. Their would have to be some exploration on a possible joint venture between a hotel operator for the upstairs rooms and a public operated/subsidized convention center would operate.

Renovation of the Inn would be a fraction of the cost of new construction and would put a historical building into productive use.

There are going to be new funds available to the redevelopment agency from increased property taxes created private development in the next five years ie - the Hampton Inn, Glen Goldan's project, the Eco Hostel (is that still alive?) on some of the other 80 or so acres of "last waterfront" properties that the city of Eureka currently owns.

Add to those amounts the 100% privately funded Pierson/Debini Bayfront 1 project and Sec. National financed Eureka N.Coast Co-op store, the City of Eureka redevelopment agency should be flush with new funding sources.

Just think of the possibilities that could be created with another $550,000 per yr. in redevelopment money for various public projects that the Marina Center project could create?

Just some lunch time thoughts.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Bitxxx said...

Awesome idea. BTW - The Eco Hostel is alive and well. How is the Hampton Inn project coming along?

 

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