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LVCVA Approves Expansive Renovation of Convention Center

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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is planning an expansive renovation project of its convention center.

Before a packed boardroom, the LVCVA approved the first phase of the $2.5 billion plan to overhaul the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"It's time for us to take that leadership role and make sure we stay No. 1," LVCVA President Rossi Ralenkotter said.

Staying at the top of the convention business is crucial at a time when many cities around the country -- from San Francisco to Boston -- are trying to compete.

"I know Phoenix, where I am from, is always clamoring for conventions, so to one up for their competition, I guess that makes sense,' said Daryl Rubin, who was attending a convention at the convention center.

According to the LVCVA, the renovated convention center would be renamed the Las Vegas Global Business District.

The renovations would add more exhibit space and meeting rooms, along with new restaurants and coffee shops, all in a modern and high-tech structure.

Karen Fazzio came to Las Vegas to attend the Digital Signage Expo, one of 21,000 conventions that happen in town every year.

"Expanding it more, I guess if the business is there, I think it's great for the city," Fazzio said.

Ralenkotter said the LVCVA hopes to boost the number of conventions coming to Las Vegas 10 years from now when the renovated convention center is expected to be complete.

"As we are coming out of the recession, this is the step to make this bold statement," he said.

According to the LVCVA, the expansion project will create thousands of construction jobs and up to 2,400 permanent positions once the project is complete.

The convention center opened in 1959.

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