November 16, 2005

On Monday, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell handed over a $16 million check to Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center, the first installment of a $632 million expansion package. The initial funding will go toward creation of the final plans and demolition of structures on land slated for the new building. The expansion will increase the amount of exhibit space from 440,000 square feet to 700,000 square feet, with a scheduled (but unlikely, according to a spokesperson) completion date of December 2008.

Construction will begin in 2006 on a new conference center in Rimini, Italy. To be completed in 2008, Palacongressi will have two large meeting rooms seating 5,400 and 1,600, respectively, and numerous breakout rooms.