Thursday, May 10, 2012

Utah Valley center already booking lots of big business

Even though it doesn’t officially open until Saturday, the Utah Valley Convention Center has been a busy place. Even as construction workers slap on the final coats of paint, the center has hosted a high-school prom, a business-college graduation and a Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

County officials are optimistic that activity will only grow, and boost Provo and Utah County’s economy in the process.

Jared Morgan, executive director of Downtown Provo Inc. predicts the city’s downtown will thrive among the center, Nu Skin Enterprises’ new headquarters complex, a new LDS Temple and the planned arrival of FrontRunner in 2013.
The convention center is a joint project between Provo and Utah County. The city provided land, while the county is paying the $41.8 million price tag. The county is using proceeds from hotel room taxes and the county’s share of the Tourism, Restaurant, Cultural and Convention Center tax, also known as the restaurant tax, to cover the cost.