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Old 02-24-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Built in 1969, the benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem is losing out to convention centers in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. The Benton is smaller and dated which is why the city is talking about investing money for a face lift. I personally think the city needs to do more than just a cosmetic face lift. In order to be competitive with the Raleigh Convention Center, Charlotte Convention Center and the Koury Convention Center, Benton needs more space. More hotels near the convention center would help as well.

"Benton’s status serves as a microcosm of the Winston-Salem economy in that it is another example of the city and its namesake metropolitan statistical area falling behind its urban peers.
Perhaps the clearest example is the non-seasonally adjusted employment data of the four major metros from December 2007 – when the Great Recession began – to December 2012.
All of the metros experienced significant job losses from December 2007 to December 2009 – Winston-Salem down 6 percent, Greensboro-High Point down 9 percent, Charlotte down 8 percent and Raleigh-Cary down 5 percent.
Since then, Winston-Salem had a net gain of 700 jobs (0.3 percent growth), Greensboro-High Point added 12,100 jobs (3 percent), Charlotte 54,400 jobs (6 percent) and Raleigh-Cary 28,300 jobs (5 percent)."


Winston-Salem faces costs v. benefit for Benton Convention Center renovation - Winston-Salem Journal: Local News

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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Are those commas in the right place? That's quite a contrast.
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