August 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATOverland Park, Kan.
Construction is nearing completion on the Overland Park Convention Center. The $46.5 million project is in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., just over the Kansas state border. The new venue will have 60,000 square feet of exhibit space and 14,000 square feet of meeting space, along with a 25,000-square-foot ballroom. One month after the November 2002 debut of the center will be the opening of the new 412-room Sheraton Overland Park.

Albany, N.Y.
A feasibility study supported the construction of a new convention center in New York’s capital city. Currently, Albany’s largest dedicated exhibit space is a 26,000-square-foot hall within Empire State Plaza. Three sites are being considered as possible locations for the new project. Meanwhile, the Hudson River Way, a pedestrian mall, debuted this month, linking Albany’s downtown to the Hudson riverfront.

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