Durham Convention Center Renaming Ceremony Feb. 17

Durham Convention Center Renaming Ceremony

Durham Convention Center Authority, City of Durham,
and Durham County Government

Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 12:10 p.m.

Durham Convention Center (formerly Durham Civic
Center) 201 Foster Street Durham, N.C. 27701

* The Durham Civic Center, which will formally be renamed the
Durham Convention Center during the February 17 ceremony, is jointly
owned by the City of Durham and Durham County Government through a 50/50 partnership responsible for capital expenditures, operations, and

* The renaming ceremony will take place prior to the invocation
at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
Featured speakers at the renaming ceremony include Mayor William V.
“Bill” Bell and Commissioner Michael Page.

* The name change was recommended by C.H. Johnson Consulting,
Inc., who completed a market and economic analysis of the center in
September 2005. According to its analysis, a new name would provide a
better description of the facility, thus making it easier to attract
more events to downtown Durham.

* In addition to the new name, changes to improve the existing
space include the conversion of three exhibit halls into ballrooms, with
new lighting, new partition walls, and new carpeting. The center also
sports upgrades to the restrooms and remodeling to the pre-function
corridor. Other improvements include heating, ventilation, and air
conditioning (HVAC) upgrades as well as Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) upgrades.

* The renovation of the center, totaling more than $3.3 million
for Phase I of the project, is being funded through City of Durham 2005
general obligation bonds with matching funding contributed by Durham
County Government. Other funding sources include contributions to
upgrade the HVAC system by Shaner Hotel Group, who manages the Durham
Convention Center as well as the Durham Marriott adjacent to the center.

* The City’s Department of General Services is overseeing the
renovation as part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). To
learn more about the CIP, visit the City’s Web site at

* The center is overseen by the Durham Convention Center
Authority, whose members are appointed by the Durham City Council and
the Durham County Board of Commissioners.


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