Thursday, March 10, 2011

SMG in the News: Jackson Convention Complex Wraps Up its Second Year with Big Gains on All Fronts

The Mississippi Business Journal just published a feature on the great things happening at the Jackson Convention Complex. Some highlights:

“The Jackson Convention Complex is doing some noticeably important things for the City of Jackson and the state,” [General Manager Linda] McCarthy said. “The numbers tell the story. Event job creation nearly doubled in 2010 compared to 2009. We had an impressive impact on the local economy, and received over a million hits on our website.”

The motto for the complex is “where Mississippi meets the world.” The facility received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for green environmental practices. And it is particularly proud of the vibrant colors and captivating designs on its Kinetic Vapor displays.

“The Jackson Convention Complex is truly an innovative, forward-thinking, inspiring, and genuinely friendly place to host an event,” McCarthy said.

The total impact on money spent on goods and services in the local economy was about $28.6 million in 2010, compared to about $21 million in 2009. And the estimated number of visitors in 2010 was 146,635 people.

“We take our obligation to provide the best possible management very seriously,” McCarthy said. “The SMG team has provided our clients and visitors with exceptional customer service, professional sales and event services, and high-quality food service. We have implemented and embraced standard-setting sustainable practices, and through expert operations, have kept this facility in first-rate, state-of the-art condition.”