While the meeting and exhibition industry is rapidly growing, some cities are proceeding cautiously with convention center expansion projects. A big issue, experts say, is rising costs in a slowing economy. Recently, expansion projects in several cities — including Milwaukee; San Jose, Calif.; and New Orleans — have been questioned, delayed, or scrapped. “With the continuing warning messages regarding the economy, undertaking new public debt is a concern,” says Doug Ducate, president and ...

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