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Convention Center Authority Endorses the Amp

Convention Center Authority Endorses the Amp


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.