July 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATCamden, N.J.
Just across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia, the New Jersey State Aquarium is giving its most prized inhabitants a little more fin room. A $30 million expansion will finish in 2005, at which time a marketplace of shops and restaurants will open in the area; a hotel and a conference center are in the early planning stages. This fall, a light- rail system connecting Camden to Trenton, N.J., will open.

Portland, Ore.
The Oregon Convention Center has doubled in size, now offering 255,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 50 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. The facility is in the Lloyd business and retail district and along the TriMet MAX light-rail system. The MAX will wrap up an expansion in September that includes a 5.8-mile spur along Interstate Avenue linking hotels, the convention center, the airport and the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center.

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