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City of Salem Home > Departments > Urban Development > Projects > Salem Convention Center
 

Salem Convention Center

Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area       Overview

Date | Milestone  
March
2005
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Grand
Opening
 July
2003
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Agency picks
Rushforth 
Jan
2003
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Agency purchases
half block

Fall
2002
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Design change,
budget amended

May
2002
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Prelim designs:
LMN Architects 
Fall
2001
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MOU with VIP's Inc

Spring
2001
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Agency directs staff 
to negotiate with VIP's

Fall
2000

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Feasibility study,
two possible sites:
1) at UnionGospel
Mission site or
2) at old Ramada
Inn site  

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RFP for Convention
Center feasibility

The Salem Convention Center, a Class A community convention center, came about as a result of a public / private joint venture between the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Salem and VIP’S Industries who built a Class A hotel on the other half of the block.

Salem Convention Center - Photo by Ron CooperA market analysis completed for the project found that a convention center built near a hotel could generate at least 15% more regional events with 30% more attendee days than a stand-alone convention center.

The Urban Renewal Agency chose to build a convention center to help revitalize the downtown core area and create more jobs. Ground breaking for the Center and the hotel took place in July 2003. The Center opened March 2005 and was designed and constructed with the intent of conforming to standards of LEED certification. The 29,400 square foot facility can be configured for up to 14 rooms for convention, theater, banquet space, trade show space, or classroom activity.

The Salem Convention Center, centrally located between Portland and Eugene, is an ideal venue for meetings, events and conventions. The Center features: Catering and banquet services, Flexible meeting rooms, State of the art technology, On-site covered parking, Located in downtown Salem, with Riverfront Park and shopping nearby.

Links
Official site for the Salem Convention Center, including booking information.

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Sheri Wahrgren - 503.540.2495

     
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