After a short address from Mayor Megan Barry, Convention Center Authority Chairman Marty Dickens strode to a microphone on the Music City Center’s fourth floor to proudly proclaim a number.
From June 2013 through June 2016, the convention center generated $1 billion dollars in direct economic impact, he said to applause.
The Convention Center Authority arrived at this number using a formula based on three numbers, Music City Center spokeswoman Mary Clippard said. The center’s 961 events have drawn 1.9 million attendees, who have allowed hotels to sell 1.1 million rooms within conventions’ hotel blocs.
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