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Is the Sky Falling on the Convention Center Industry

In a critique of the Brookings Institution Research Brief on Convention Centers as Economic Development Strategy, the authors challenge the validity of the its findings and present an alternative view of the status of the convention center industry.
Thomas Hazinski is the Managing Director of HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His consulting practice is dedicated to the market and financial analysis of public assembly facilities. Mr. Hazinski has over 20 years of experience in the public policy arena, as both a public official and a consultant. He specializes in providing economic and financial research to public agencies involved in economic development initiatives. Before starting his consulting career, Mr. Hazinski served in several positions for the City of Chicago, including assistant budget director. Mr. Hazinski holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Contact Alex at thazinski@hvs.com.

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