Pennsylvania Convention Center OKs privatization plan

Source: Dave Davies, WHYY, June 5, 2013

The board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center has voted to privatize management of the center’s operations. The board chose SMG, which is based in Conshohocken but manages centers around the country, to take over operations in Philadelphia.

Convention board hires consultant to explore privatizing

Source: Suzette Parmley, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 29, 2012

The board of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority has awarded a consulting-services contract to Public Financial Management Inc., of Philadelphia, to assist in reviewing responses to privatize certain functions of the center. …The board voted Aug. 15 to examine other options for operating the center, whose $786 million expansion was completed in March 2011. It issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) from companies that provide services specializing in the convention business, including those that handle facility operations, maintenance, and management…. The board’s move to review privatization options comes seven months before the June 30 expiration of a controversial 10-year customer-service agreement between the authority and the city’s unions.

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