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    Scotiabank Acquires Naming Rights to New Convention Centre in Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    The Niagara Convention & Civic Centre (NCCC) today announced that Scotiabank has acquired the naming rights to the new facility, which will open in April 2011. The Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCC), located a mere 500 yards from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, will draw hundreds of thousands of guests to the multi-purpose facility every year for a diverse range of events and corporate functions. The Centre will be the largest event and meeting facility of its kind in Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region.

    “This is an exciting new step in the evolution of the convention centre,” said Kerry Painter, President & General Manager, Scotiabank Convention Centre. “Our partnership with Scotiabank re-emphasizes the expectations and aspirations of not just the local community and the region, but also of the business sector on a national and international level. The Scotiabank Convention Centre is to be an innovator of unconventional experiences and a model for ‘green standards’. Scotiabank has continuously proven itself to be a community leader nationwide; and today, their investment in Niagara Falls demonstrates that one more time.”

    Convention Centre’s big pour

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Like a carefully choreographed assembly line, the crews worked in unison at a quick pace, each aware that team-work and timing were vital to a positive outcome.

    “This is well-planned out,” said Reg Coates as concrete truck after concrete truck drove into the cavernous exhibition hall at the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre Thursday.

    Convention centre, Review’s owners form partnership

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A new partnership between the future Niagara Falls convention centre and the company that owns The Niagara Falls Review will boost the image of the city-owned facility scheduled to open next spring and add to its operating revenue, officials with both companies say.

    The Niagara Convention and Civic Centre selected Sun Media, the company that owns the daily newspapers in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland, as its official media sponsor.

    “It means a great deal. The NCCC coming into the Niagara region is about as exciting as it gets for the development of the region,” said Judy Bullis, senior group publisher for the Niagara Newspapers Group, a division of Sun Media.

    The deal is an exclusive arrangement that will see Sun Media advertising staff sell the ads displayed inside the $100-million facility on Stanley Avenue.

    Centerplate Chosen to Serve Ontario’s New Niagara Convention & Civic Centre

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    From a PR Newswire press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    Centerplate, the leading hospitality provider to North America’s premier convention centers, sports stadiums and entertainment venues, announced today it has been awarded the long-term contract as hospitality partner to the new Niagara Convention & Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The company was selected following a lengthy and competitive review process and will help the facility, currently under construction, to open its doors in 2011.

    As part of its winning proposal, Centerplate created an innovative “Green Heart Menu” of healthy organic and locally-sourced dishes for the Centre. “We are thrilled to be a part of the beginning of this new and exciting facility in Niagara,” said Kyle Kandel, Senior Vice President for Convention Centers, Eastern Region for Centerplate. “It provides an opportunity to leverage our vast experience in convention centers and the Centerplate E(3) strategy for Executing Extraordinary Experiences in a spectacular setting.”

    Convention Centre halfway done

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre reached its half way point with a topping off ceremony as the last pieces of the roof were installed last Friday.

    Construction began on the centre May 1, 2009 and the doors are scheduled to open April 8, 2011.

    Mayor Ted Salci, MPP Kim Craitor, Regional Chairman Peter Partington and vice-president of Bondfield Construction, John Aquino, all spoke, congratulating the workers on their work in keeping the construction on schedule and in budget.

    “You guys really do work hard,” said Craitor, “I tip my hat to each and every one of you.”

    Cap nearing completion

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When planners for a competition of 2,000 cheerleaders asked Niagara Convention Civic Centre president Kerry Painter if her staff could have 20,000 orders of french fries at the ready, there’s only one answer she could give.

    “Absolutely. I sure can,” Painter said, laughing about some of the unforeseen requirements the convention centre is going to have to meet when it opens its doors a little more than a year from now.

    “I guess you burn a lot of energy cheerleading,” said Painter, originally from Windsor, but who was managing a convention centre in Slidell, La., when she was hired two years ago to head up the Niagara Falls centre.

    The cheerleading convention is booked for May 2011, making it one of the first events to be held at the $105-million facility. Convention centre sales staff have filled April and most of May with events.

    Convention Centre progress


    Wow! I haven’t been by that area in probably 2 months. They seem to be making great progress on the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre (NCCC). It appears that the structure/shell of the building is almost done.

    NCCC article in Business Niagara

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    Business Niagara magazine has a nice article in the October/November 2009 issue about the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre and Kerry Painter, the president and general manager.

    PDF IconI can’t find the article online, so I have created a PDF file of the article if you’d like to download and read it. You can download it here:
    Business Niagara – If you build it, they will come

    Council ‘derails’ $65-million entertainment complex, mayor says


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The future of a proposed $65-million entertainment complex is uncertain after city council removed from Monday’s agenda an agreement on the possible sale of the city-owned property to the developer.

    “It’s obviously questionable at this point,” said business development officer Serge Felicetti whose office has been dealing with Andrzej Kepinski, an investor considering a downtown entertainment complex. “He thought we were proceeding forward. He’s going to be very disappointed.”

    Mayor Ted Salci said he’s worried council’s decision not to consider the agreement might have “derailed” Kepinski’s plan to build an entertainment complex near the corner of Erie Avenue and Bridge Street. The 4.5-acre city-owned site is now Niagara Falls Transit’s office, garage and yard.

    Kepinski and Associates approached the city in June with a proposal for what a city report describes as a “proposed multiplex entertainment complex,” though it doesn’t give much description of what kind of specific entertainment it would provide.

    It would draw 300,000 visitors annually, an increase in visitor traffic that would benefit other parts of the city’s economy. The year-round complex would tie in with the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, giving meeting planners one more reason to bring their conventions to Niagara Falls. Kepinski’s proposal would not contain a hotel. And as a private business, it could generate $218,000 a year in property taxes, the city report states.

    ‘A huge deal’ for the Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The $100-million convention centre dream is finally underway.

    Though work has already begun on the site of the new Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, plenty of dignitaries made it official Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

    To kickstart what Mayor Ted Salci calls the “unconventional convention centre,” the first official clients were flown in by helicopter to sign their contracts.

    Both the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Tire Dealers Association will hold major events here shortly after the centre opens for business, expected to be in the spring of 2011.

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