Pennsylvania Convention Center Board Selects SMG to Operate and Manage Convention Center

Private management is one of four strategic initiatives designed to increase competitiveness of Convention Center and attract more shows and events to Philadelphia region 

PHILADELPHIA (June 5, 2013) – The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) approved the selection of SMG to privately manage and operate the Pennsylvania Convention Center as part of a coordinated effort to improve the customer experience and reduce costs at the Center with the goal of attracting additional conventions, meetings, and trade shows to the Philadelphia region.

SMG will assume responsibility for managing the operations of the Pennsylvania Convention Center within the next three to four months.  By bringing in a private management firm with extensive experience managing and operating convention centers across the country, the Authority is looking to SMG to implement industry best practices, achieve operational cost savings, and enhance the Center’s ability to  compete with other major facilities in the increasingly competitive trade show and convention industry.

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