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Tampa Convention Center affected by federal gov't

December 3, 2013
Associated Press

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 ( 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,



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