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    Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.

    Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.

    “The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.

    Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

    Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

    But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

    Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    Opening set N.F., Ont. convention center

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Just a few days before the grand opening of the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Kerry Painter is able to finally get rid of her hard hat and steel-toed shoes as she walks around the building.

    The 288,000-square-foot Niagara Falls, Ont. convention center is that close to opening.

    Crews inside and outside the Stanley Avenue facility are spending the final days before the center’s official debut Friday afternoon focusing less on bricks-and-mortar issues and more on putting the final touches on the $100 million building that many believe will be a critical piece of Niagara Falls’ tourism and hospitality business.

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