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With Global Spectrum, comes growth

Good things seem to happen with Global Spectrum at the helm. In Robstown, Texas, in the Corpus Christi area, for example, the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds set records for events, attendance and gross revenue in 2012. It was the facility’s best year since it opened six years ago.

A multipurpose facility, the fairgrounds handles everything from livestock and gem shows to the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons Ball and a college rodeo.

In St. Charles, Mo., the St. Charles Convention Center exceeded budget expectations for the eighth year. Global Spectrum has managed the center since it opened in 2005. In 2012 the center saw a profit of some $60,000. Last year, 329 events were held at the center, exceeding 2011 by 18 events and far exceeding the 249 events that a 2004 feasibility study estimated it would generate. Some 40 percent of the 18,665 room nights generated by the convention center last year were from conventions.

Earlier this year, Global Spectrum also announced that the Century Center, the downtown convention center in South Bend, Ind., has had a significant increase in new bookings this year.

The center was on pace to exceed the number of conventions it held last year. Among five new conventions were the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association, PRIDE Youth Programs, and the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend.

A desire to increase bookings at the 4,500-seat Spirit Bank Event Center led the owners of the multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue to choose Global Spectrum to manage and operate the venue, located between Tulsa and Bixby, Okla. The center also serves as a meeting, banquet and exhibition center with 35,000 square feet of floor space.