Ground was scheduled to be broken
yesterday on the $44 million Bayfront Convention Center in Erie,
Pa., on the shore of Lake Erie. The center will have a
30,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 15,000 square feet of meeting
space and 13,500-square-foot ballroom, and will open in mid to late
2007. Construction will begin on the 203-room Sheraton headquarters
hotel next spring.