June 07, 2006

Ground will be broken on the Capital City Convention Center in Jackson, Miss., on June 12. The $65 million facility will have approximately 90,000 square feet of meeting and function space and will open in late 2008.

The Detroit Regional Chamber, a membership organization of businesses in and around the Motor City, has pledged support for a concept to redevelop and expand the 2.4 million-square-foot Cobo Center into a part-time alternative fuel research center when not hosting conventions. A group called the Coalition for Fueling Michigan's Future, which presented the idea at a policy conference last week, does not yet have specific plans for how such an arrangement might work but wanted to "launch a statewide discussion," according to a statement released after the presentation. A spokesperson for the Cobo Center said center officials were not involved in the formulation of these plans.

The new 3,000-seat amphitheater at the Lyon (France) Convention Center opened June 1. The venue, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, increases the center's exhibit space to 90,720 square feet and gives it a total of 26 breakout rooms. The new amphitheater is the center's third; the other two seat 300 and 900, respectively.