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Upgrades Announced for Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, Fla. – As the Tampa Convention Center nears its 25-year birthday, the Tampa City Council decided to give the building a $14.6 million makeover. The renovations will occur in installments over the next four years.

The downtown waterfront center will undergo improvements to its escalators, elevators, bathrooms and doors.

“It’s pretty much a renovation of the entire facility,” said Rick Hamilton, general manager of the convention center. “For lack of a better word, we need to make it aesthetically pleasing.”

The modernization of the 1990 building will help Tampa compete with other Florida cities for convention business.

The convention center received some upgrades for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Bright House Networks, Spring, Verizon and AT&T installed more than $40 million in new fiber-optic cable, cell phone systems and wireless technology to prepare for the RNC.

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