While Boston and Springfield, MA, opted to wait for state funds before beginning construction of new convention centers, the city council of Worcester, MA, made a gutsy move. It went ahead with a $39.5 million convention center project 42 miles west of Boston, funding it through private and city money, with only the promise of state funds. The gamble has paid off. In September, several hundred people, including city and state dignitaries, gathered to celebrate the grand opening of ...

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