by Michael C. Lowe | June 16, 2011

On the heels of a successful E3 Expo, which reportedly generated $26 million for Los Angeles, the city's officials, unions and businesses are rallying support to modernize the 40-year-old, 770,000-square-foot Los Angeles Convention Center. Yesterday, union members appeared in front of the Los Angeles City Council to formally endorse a plan drafted by AEG, the developer responsible for the $2.5 billion L.A. Live complex. Citing the success of the E3 Expo, speakers testified that improved convention space would lead to job growth and economic development. AEG's $1.35 billion proposal includes an upgrade to the Los Angeles Convention Center and a new LEED-certified NFL stadium.