Countering the dire economic news being
announced daily, a report from the George R. Brown Convention
Center in Houston showed hotel room nights associated with events
at the center for the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled
385,241, a 49 percent increase compared with the previous year.
Facility rental income rose 23 percent to $2,748,688.
Efstathios Louis Pavledes, who ran
Detroit's Cobo Center for nine years before being fired in 2004,
pled guilty in federal court last week to receiving a $100,000
kickback from a convention center contractor, according to news
reports. Karl Kado, of Metro Services Organization, the Cobo
contractor, has been charged with filing false tax returns in
connection with his alleged bribe of Pavledes. Metro Services no
longer holds any contracts at Cobo.