Portland moved a step closer on Thursday to building a long-awaited convention center hotel. Teams connected to two hotel chains have submitted bids.
The Oregon Convention Center opened 22 years ago. Government officials have tried unsuccessfully since then to build a big hotel nearby, to help draw larger conventions. The latest effort leans more on the private sector. Metro’s general manager of visitor venues, Terri Dressler, said she’s encouraged by the response to the competitive bid process.
"The financial climate is a tough one out there still, and we are pleased that two development firms are coming forward, interested in working with us on developing the convention center hotel," Dressler said.
One of the teams bidding includes Hyatt Hotels. The other has Starwood – Sheraton Hotels as a member.
An evaluation committee will rate the bids over the next month. The Metro Council and the Portland Development Commission intend to make a final recommendation in August.