July 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATEl Paso, Texas
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CENTER REOPENS
The Judson F. Williams Convention Center reopened in May, following a $23 million overhaul and expansion. The 30-year-old facility now offers 97,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. Adjacent is the 2,500-seat Abraham Chavez Theatre...The city named William Blaziek, a former executive at the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, as the general manager of the El Paso CVB as well as the convention complex.

Columbus, Ohio
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DEBATE ON NEW HOTEL
A positive phase-one feasibility study means Columbus will look further into the building of a headquarters hotel...The Jack Nicklaus Museum opened in May on the Ohio State University campus. Named for the golf legend and Buckeye alumnus, the 24,000-square-foot facility will host functions...Several group venues soon will open in the Hartman Building, formerly a hotel. A first-floor restaurant will be complemented by The Loft and a ballroom, both for special events.

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