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November 5, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Convention Center Authority voted this morning to join the Amp Coalition in endorsing the proposed bus rapid transit plan. The Authority adopted a resolution stating the body believes the Amp will assist their efforts to promote tourism and attract conventions, while addressing traffic congestion and creating a regional rapid transit system.

"We believe that our conventioneers will benefit greatly from the Amp as many of them stay in hotels along the West End corridor and eat at restaurants in East Nashville and along Broadway," said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. "The creation of the Amp will help make us much more competitive with many of the cities we go up against daily."

The Convention Center Authority also announced the Music City Center's economic impact during the month of October. The Music City Center hosted 44 events in October with 39,608 in attendance. These events generated 14,428 room nights for a total of $7.8 million in economic impact. To date, the Music City Center has generated a little over $34 million in economic impact for the fiscal year 2014. Tax collections continue to outperform projections and the Music City Center portion of tax collections was up 18.37 percent year over year for August 2013.




About the Music City Center

The Music City Center, Nashville’s convention center, features a 353,143 square foot exhibit hall, the 57,500 square foot Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom, and an 18,000 square foot Davidson Ballroom. The building includes an art collection featuring local and regional artists, a covered three-level parking garage with 1,800 spaces, and is LEED Gold certified. The Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame is also located inside the Music City Center at the corner of 6th Avenue and Demonbreun.