With all the new convention hall space opening around the country, you might think getting a center opened or expanded is a piece of cake. Think again. The idea was to open in 1998, recalls Carol Wallace, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. In fact, groundbreaking for the center's expansion didn't take place until 1998, and the opening is now scheduled for September 2001. What happened? Convention hall square footage is growing so rapidly across the country it ...

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