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Oregon Convention Center Hotel Moves Forward

OPB | Sept. 24, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 24, 2013 2:24 p.m.

Oregon Convention Center in Portland

Oregon Convention Center in Portland

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The effort to locate a hotel to attract more business to the Oregon Convention Center has changed since its 2007 incarnation. The current proposal has passed a number of hurdles and appears to have momentum. Metro staff and other supporters say this proposal is different from ideas that have been floated in the past. The idea, they say, is to attract more business to the convention center, which will result in more customers to businesses all around Portland.

Nevertheless, like past proposals, this one has drawn opposition, especially from downtown hotel owners who say the taxpayer investment is too great, and the proposal would hurt — not help — their bottom line.

Do you work in a downtown hotel? Do you run a business that benefits from visitors to the Oregon Convention Center? What questions do you have about this proposal?

Editor’s note: On this segment, Dave Miller asked Tom Hughes if there were any documents from Hyatt that had not been released to the public. Hughes said definitively that there were not. However, after the show we got this correction from Metro:

[Metro Council president Tom Hughes] was referring to the company’s proforma and related documents included in Hyatt’s development proposal submitted in response to Metro’s request for proposal to developers. We would like to clarify for the record that Hyatt has indeed shared additional and updated proprietary corporate information with the team negotiating the development agreement. At this time, that information is considered confidential and exempt from disclosure under Oregon Public Records Law and therefore, has not been released to the public. At completion of the negotiation process and as final agreements are presented to the Metro Council, additional information will be released to the public. This approach is standard practice for public/private partnerships.

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