Rendering of the Utah Valley Convention Center in downtown Provo that is anticipated to be completed by March 2012. (Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau) Deseret News
One cannot drive the streets of downtown Provo without taking note of the 147,000 Sq. Ft. building being erected on Center Street. The Utah Valley Convention Center met a milestone in its construction phase this past month with a “topping out” ceremony to commemorate the last piece of steel lowered into place to complete the structure. There are still 8 more months of work to finish the exterior and interior of the convention center but the steel shell along with majority of heavy crane work is complete.
The Utah Valley Convention Center has been in the minds of local officials for some time. Many subscribe to the “if you build it, they will come” phrase to enhance the economic impact of the community.
As far back as 2010 there was interest in the facility of a meeting planner named Lenore located in Springville. She has been affiliated with the Siberian Husky Club of America for years and previously space would not allow for their national annual showcase to be held in Utah County. When she found out about the convention center she worked diligently with her board to bring the event here in October of 2012. So come that fall, the best husky show dogs in the nation will be in town. For the community it means - Over 550 hotel room nights and 5-6 days of restaurant needs for the 250+ participants not to mention local shopping, entertainment and recreation. That was just the first group, many more are reserving space….
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