Council seeking citizens' opinions on new convention center

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:53pm

Nashvillians will have a chance to voice their thoughts on the proposed $585 million convention center eights days before the Metro Council is expected to vote on the massive project.

A letter written by Council members Ronnie Steine and Erik Cole schedules a public hearing Jan. 11, from 6:30-8 p.m., immediately following a final question-and-answer session for the Council, which begins at 5 p.m. the same day.

Steine chairs the Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, while Cole heads the Convention, Tourism and Public Entertainment Facilities Committee.

The public hearing is among a series of Council gatherings designed to consider the convention center financing before Council votes on the resolution Jan. 19. What could be the definitive phase of he convention center debate begins this Thursday when a finance plan for the convention center will be presented to the Council.


8 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/2/09 at 4:37

This is good news!

By: arkay61 on 12/3/09 at 5:18

This is just a scam...a pandering political scheme if you will. It gives the public the illusion that they actually have any say so in the matter and gives some of the council members the appearance of actually being concerned about the people's opinion.

The deal is done and the MCC is going to be built.

By: govskeptic on 12/3/09 at 7:32

arkay: You are exactly right! These meetings are also to give cover
to those council members who don't want to have their own separate
neighborhood meetings(Too scared or lazy) and send their
voters to these MCC Hype meetings put on by the Finance & Budget Chairs.

By: Loner on 12/3/09 at 7:55

As an outsider, with no dog in the hunt, let me just say that the convention business is on the decline nationally. A Google search confirms the grim facts, cities all over the country have been left holding the bag after the pie-in-the-sky projections turned out to be wishful thinking.

The advent of the internet and online conferencing has had an effect on the junket business. And the US economy may never climb back to where it once was, before the Bush meltdown.

The spendthrift corporate ways of the past are now out of style. Opulence is "out", frugality is "in". Expensive conventioneering is an endangered industry, do not fall prey to those who have a vested interest in claiming otherwise.

Hold your ground, say, "NO" to wasting half a billion dollars on another white elephant.

By: Dragon on 12/3/09 at 8:03

According to the Tennessean, Dean is supposed to unveil his plan to the council today although the hotel portion is TBD. I thought each was dependant on the other.

A giant waste of money and the added tourist taxes being collected now is not helping in this economy. You raise taxes on things you want less of, not more of.

By: bfra on 12/3/09 at 9:25

If they wanted "public opinion" it would be voted on by the public! Dean is railroading this thru, with help of his council croonies.

By: airvols on 12/3/09 at 3:58

You need some cheese with that, yes we need the MCC and Nashville is different than other cities when it comes to convention. IT'S CALL MUSIC CITY FOR A REASON! Build the MCC and create 2500 jobs, build the Medical Plaza and create 2700 jobs. Stop your whinning, we need this project.

By: cashnthings on 12/7/09 at 6:46

NO NEW CONVENTION CENTER!!!!! Goldman Sachs are a bunch of liers they are the same people who were sell people on the housing buble while secretly they were betting on it to colapse and when it did they made a furtune.Are we going to trust them to be honest with us.Wake up.Do not be fooled by this if we all turn out in Huge numbers at these meeting and tell these concil members that they work fo us and not the Mayor and his cronies they will listen.We have to take action Now to stop this.