Friday, January 11, 2019

Flashback Friday: Convention Center

$40 million and a job.  Actually, 700 jobs.  Capital City sharecropping, 21st century style. That was the promise of the Jackson Convention Center.  Today's edition of Flashback Friday will begin to take a look at how the Jackson Convention Center came to be.   See for yourself.



Anonymous said...

'I told you so.'
M, 2004

Anonymous said...

I'm curious - did the 'carefully limited tax' expire yet?

Anonymous said...

Was Ben Allen in on this hoax? (asking for Leland Speed the elder)

Cynical Sam said...

@7:57 AM - You silly boy. Taxes never expire, but sheeple will be sheeple and believe the pols.

Anonymous said...

It only exists to function as a use for a certain group. It was not built for everyone. I would like to see if anyone could gain access to the database that listed by event what the event was and how much was paid for use of the building.

Anonymous said...

Without a hotel on top or right next door it will never realize it's potential and value to the city.

Anonymous said...


I was thinking the same thing.

I have an idea that this albatross will eventually be "sold" to JSU for $1.

Bring back JUBILEE! JAM.

Anonymous said...

I remember that MSU- FLA game-

Anonymous said...

telecom center? it looks like the star wars sand cruiser.

money for schools? that’s always thrown in there...

Anonymous said...

Earlier blog question if Meridian, MS had a convention center. Click on links below.

Anonymous said...

Come one come all to the largest family reunion venue in the State!!

Anonymous said...

Why sir, there's nothin' on earth like a genuine, bona fide, subsidized, modern convention center!

We've sold convention centers to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and by gum it put them on the map.

We swear it's Jackson's only choice! Throw up your hands and raise your voice!

Convention center! Convention center! Convention Center!

Anonymous said...

I attended a Marco Rubio event at this venue. It's was quite nice.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this boondoggle could have been repurposed into the two museums that were built (Mississippi and Civil Rights). And why didn't the Westin build next to it?

Anonymous said...

Those were the days! Everything was brand new. The Black professional class in Jackson was rapidly taking the helm of city government and anything but unlimited optimism was unacceptable. Never mind the distinct possibility of financial flight from the city and the expansion of the criminal element. Never mind the fact that the people in charge could not raise enough money to pay their own salaries outside government. Never mind the fact that Jackson is not a "destination city" even if they call it one. Never mind the fact that large conventions expect certain amenities which were not yet part of the package being proposed. Let's build it! If it works, we are the champions!
If not, so what, we had no skin in the game anyway. We had good salaries. Move to Madison.

Anonymous said...

Potholes, crime, no water system, shrinking tax base, make the convention center irrelevant.
The leadership had no foresight into such things. They had no experience.
It wasn't all their fault. Their predecessors only passed the buck. They didn't see it coming and when they left they didn't care.

Anonymous said...

Who got what of the dough skimmed on this deal?

Anonymous said...

If the Convention Center closes, it will be far worse than if it had never been built. It will stand as a testament to undesirability of Jackson, Mississippi for decades to come.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid the nay sayers are right on this one. Makes me sad.

Anonymous said...

3:23 Yeah but you could put one of those nice historical markers in front of it. Make it part of the civil rights tour. The whole city will be part of the tour. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Hehe thought it was sold as part of the intergalactic telecom center that Jackson was to be

Anonymous said...

Still Mississippi. Still next to last. Still fighting like crabs in a barrel.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:36am

Thanks for the information & links.
Wasn't aware of it.
Who put this up & how long has it been around?

(I was actually thinking "BIG" when thinking of conventions centers, but this does look very nice)

Anonymous said...

It's true that the Convention Center was poorly thought out and has been poorly managed.

It would, however, be a mistake to close it just when the things that should have been in place, like a hotel in close proximity that was large enough and nice enough to house conventioneers exists.

Also, for those of you who haven't been downtown in a long time, it's time to take a drive. Go first on a weekday and just try to find a parking place. Just drive around...with your eyes open so you'll note new restaurants and buildings.

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