TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Convention Center lost four large events this calendar year — all of them connected to either the federal government shutdown or the sequester — and is looking for ways to reverse the damage.
The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/19dqz75) reports that this year, the center may need a $90,000 bailout from taxpayers when the city closes its books on the current budget next fall.
The events cancelled due to the sequester cost the convention center $3.3 million, or more than 30 percent of its 2013 budget. A 4,000-person gathering dedicated to mapping and geographic analysis, was set for October, but was rescheduled due to the shutdown. It threatened to cost another $2 million until city officials rescheduled it for April.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com