Dean withdraws Convention Center Authority resolution

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 1:56pm

The Mayor Karl Dean administration decided to withdraw a resolution at Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting that would have placed nine first-time board members on the new Convention Center Authority.

The move to withdraw came after the resolution garnered substantial opposition from Council members, who preferred to consider each appointee individually instead of all at once as the resolution was written.

In response, the administration filed nine separate resolutions to appoint the members to the board, which will oversee development of the proposed $635 million convention center and its attached $200 million headquarters hotel.

“This is an extremely important entity and the mayor wants to make sure Council is comfortable with the process,” Dean’s press secretary Janel Lacy said.

The plan is to put the resolutions on the Oct. 6 Council agenda, Lacy said.

A financing package for the convention center project is expected to be presented to Council in the coming weeks.

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8 Comments on this post:

By: pandabear on 9/15/09 at 1:43

"Craddock said he felt Council was being disrespected by being forced to vote on the entire board at once, and there seemed to be enough opposition to defeat the resolution at tonight's meeting."

Karl Deano and his cronies don't care what you think Craddock, so you're very
right about the disrespect thing.

Before this breaks the financial back of Nashville, why don't
you campaign to have the whole convention center put to a vote.
After all, it's the taxpayers that will be shouldering the burden and
you still work for us, right ? Or are you grandstanding so that you'll
"look" ok when this goes through ?

I hope not.

By: WayneJ on 9/15/09 at 2:51

If grandstanding gets it put to a vote I'm fine with his or anyone else's grandstanding. In any event let's get this put to a vote so the sensible people in Nashville can kill this idea before it wastes any more of our lack of revenue.

If Dean wants to start railroading things he needs to take some lessons from Hunter Harrison about asset utilitzation and cost containment. Once he learns those lessons he'll find this Music City Center/Mistake doesn't have any value.

By: idgaf on 9/15/09 at 11:36

Perhaps he needs a dose of Horn honking around his house like we did against the income tax.

Come on Valentine, Gill and the newbes in town Bristol and DelGorno, do some more ranting and raving about this.

By: ccollins on 9/16/09 at 6:34

What is it about we will lose convention/tourism business at an increasing rate if we do not get a new convention center…that you people do not understand. Keep listening to your Conservative goods on the radio like lemmings (following them right off a cliff)…. We need this building! We can bid for things that we have missed out on recently such as SEC basketball tournaments and there was talk of trying to get CES to have a show here. Nashville has a large part of its economy grounded in tourism and this building will be an asset not a liability. Those of you who do not think that we ‘need’ it, do you ever think we ‘need’ anything??

By: pandabear on 9/16/09 at 6:57

We understand how to do the math collins, and it doesn't add up for the taxpayers.

It makes wonderful sense for the builders and land swindlers though.

Who's side are you on ?

By: MusicCity615 on 9/16/09 at 10:56

Thank you CCollins!!! Nashville needs this new center! Build it!

Pandabear- you are like a 2 year old. When someone has a different opinion than you, you automatically assume he/she is a swindler.

By: Time for Truth on 9/16/09 at 12:25

So this article is all about a resolution dealing with chickens and a resolution dealing with a giant turkey!


By: JeffF on 9/16/09 at 12:33

I see the word "need" is creaping back into these comments. Nashville has a long list of legitimate needs, reducing the death rate of the convention business is not one of them. I suggest you reserve the word "need" for school, public safety, and infrastructure issues that government has an obligation to be involved with and start relying on the private sector for this laughable "need". There are a lot of private convention/meeting facilities out there and they do not rely on taxing non-users, local businesses, and citizens to stay afloat. They manage to be self sustaining on their own, they do not count other people's money as income.