down windows and touching up paint on walls; the Augusta Convention Center
downtown is almost complete. But there's still no management agreement between
the city and a corporation vying to run the facility. And now convention organizers
have lost interest.
was the Georgia Police Chiefs Association, so this is statewide news now, and
this is a huge black eye for the city," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police scheduled their annual conference for
January. But now convention planners are changing venues after commissioners
once again postponed their decision to approve a contract with Riverfront, LLC,
the corporation that owns the Marriott Hotel; disappointing news to the GAPC.
inability to communicate with us and tell us what kinds of concerns there were
having really put us in a precarious situation," said Frank Rotondo, executive director of the GACP. "Leaving me to be concerned
about hundreds of people to come to a conference site, without a conference
Police Chief Association convention was scheduled to bring in 300 to 400
people, and their money. And now that they've pulled out, the mayor said this
could turn into a domino effect.
conventions are looking to come here, we're not operating in a vacuum," Mayor Copenhaver said. "They
realize that we don't have a management agreement in place."
Copenhaver said the city's reputation is at stake with other potential
convention planners. The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau
estimates a person spends $266 per day during their conference. But commissioners
are more concerned with the dollars coming out of what some call a bad
after week after week we find more things that are wrong; that are
inconsistent, and things that are not advantageous to this government," said commissioner Bill Lockett.
the management company getting all the profits while the city foots the bill
for all its losses. And with the GACP now looking for another site, that's
already one loss the city will have to pay for.
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