The Baton Rouge River Center, the
city's convention facility, will reopen Nov. 1, according to
officials at the Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The center, which has approximately 200,000 square feet of event
space, has been closed to regular business since late August.
The independent commission set up by
London's mayor Ken Livingstone to look into building an
international convention center released its report last Friday.
Among the recommendations: The ICC should be built in central
London, cost approximately $500 million, boost the British economy
by $700 million annually, creating 5,500 new jobs, and be funded by
a public/private partnership. Commission chairman Gerry Acher said
he would like to have a short list of two possible sites for the
facility by spring and have the final site named by next