Sioux City Council OKs privatizing Convention Center operations

Source: Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, March 11, 2014

Brides-to-be can rest easy. The city’s plan to privatize the daily operations of the Sioux City Convention Center shouldn’t have any noticeable effects to the people who want to have events there. …. The move is expected to save the city approximately $200,000, mostly through payroll.

Sioux City Council to vote on Convention Center operations
Source: Sioux City Journal, March 9, 2014

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to move forward with a plan to privatize daily operations of the Sioux City Convention Center. The proposal would put the firm Centerplate in charge of revenue, setting up events, housekeeping and management. The city would have oversight. Centerplate currently provides catering services to city venues. The Convention Center plan would save an estimated $200,000. …

Letter: AFSCME Local 212 opposes privatizing Convention Center operations
Source: Chris De Harty – Afscme Local 212, Sioux City Journal, January 26, 2014

AFSCME Local 212 is not for contracting out the Convention Center or any public positions or facilities. The city would not have to go to this extreme if they had people in place who could market and manage the facility. Also, blaming the Sioux City Hotel for not having events is absurd. It couldn’t be the price the Convention Center charges for events, the price of food and beverages, the lack of parking, the small size of the Convention Center, or poor lighting, flooring and sound that are making people not use the facility….

Budget crunch could shake up Sioux City’s events department
Source: Nate Robson, Sioux City Journal, January 16, 2014

A search to squeeze as many pennies as possible out of Sioux City’s fiscal year 2015 budget includes a proposal that would drastically reshape the Events Facilities Department. A proposal set to go before the City Council during a Feb. 4 budget hearing calls for privatizing day-to-day operations at the city-owned Convention Center, taking the IBP Ice Center away from the Events Facilities Department and giving it to Parks & Recreation, and turning Parks & Recreation into its own department. Parks & Recreation currently falls under the Department of Public Works. Only one position, a sports sales representative making nearly $47,000, would be eliminated in the shakeup. Approximately six other jobs would move from the city payroll to Centerplate’s, which handles catering at the convention center….