October 26, 2005

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 summer.