October 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATIthaca, N.Y.
A project to reinvigorate this upstate city is under way and includes the groundbreaking of a new Hilton Garden Inn. Construction begins this month on the 110-room property, adjacent to the Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall. The $25 million project also calls for 100,000 square feet of office space. In addition, public parking facilities are being improved, and other commercial and retail developments are under way in the Six Mile Creek area.

Yakima, Wash.
The city-owned Yakima Convention Center debuted an expansion in August that adds space for both events and parking. The 6,000-square-foot South Ballroom, which can be subdivided into six breakout rooms, was added to the facility’s existing 23,458 square feet of function space. Prefunction space was nearly doubled, going from 6,000 square feet to 11,600 square feet. The parking lot was expanded, too; another 130 spaces were added.

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