July 06, 2005

Green Bay, Wis., officials and representatives of Regency Suites will meet next Tuesday to discuss expanding the KI Convention Center, which the hotel manages. Scott Dettmann, director of sales and marketing for Regency Suites Green Bay, said the most attractive site for expansion is the current J.C. Penney building in the Port Plaza shopping mall that is connected to the convention center, because the retail chain will be relocating its Green Bay store in October. "I know the business we're losing and I know the business that could be lost without expansion," said Dettmann, noting that some of the center' clients are outgrowing the facility, which currently offers 17,300 square feet of exhibit space and 19 meeting rooms. The J.C. Penney store covers approximately 80,000 square feet.

The city of Miner, in southeastern Missouri, has agreed to purchase a 13-acre site for a new convention center and park. Cummins Diesel, the current landowner, has agreed to sell the land for $225,000. No plans for the center, including how big it will be, have been solidified.