Some wired folks up in Cleveland want nothing to do with a new convention center and have been dissing our industry.
Although the new David Lawrence Convention Center here in Pittsburgh is a beautiful building, it's not in the black and won't be for some time, if ever. While some of the points being made on Brewed Fresh Daily's wiki board are out there (at least for those of us who still don't own a palm device) many of the arguements being made are coherent and show a pretty good understanding of where the action is. It's worth a look. Hopefully some of you will join the debate.
What's important to note here is that it appears that nobody believes tradeshows are important to Cleveland's economy. And while it's probably true that as a country, we've overbuilt convention facilities, if the argument that tradeshows aren't economically important wins out in Cleveland, what does that mean to our industry? Will other second and third-tier cities give up on plans to build or redesign their facilities? What effect might that have on smaller shows and managers of regional events?
This could be an interesting debate.