Some might wonder if that might be the professional judgment of Convention, Sports & Leisure after reading this report by the Pulitzer-prize caliber newspaper The Boston Globe on the consultant’s work with cities throughout the country. Oklahoma City never did a needs-study for a convention center; instead that job was left to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, which hired CS&L. The entire study was never released to the public, though the chamber did release an executive summary of the report (I was allowed to privately view the report and saw nothing that went against the gist of the summary report; chamber officials were concerned about releasing propriety information).
A quote from the story:
Over the past decade Convention Sports & Leisure International has produced similar findings to support expansions in Philadelphia, San Antonio, Washington, New Orleans, and other cities. Despite finding widely different conditions from city to city, in nearly every circumstance the firm’s recommendation was construction of bigger exhibition halls and hotels. A second convention center consultant for Boston, HVS International, has made similar findings around the country. But many of the cities that subsequently expanded are not seeing the predicted economic benefits, and some of the facilities are struggling financially.
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