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Music City Center Working To Expand Business

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's been nearly four months since the Music City Center opened its doors to expected success and there's already a new team being put together to get more conventions to town.

It's the big building that came with just as much controversy as it did support.

"Been a bit of a world wind, our team has done a tremendous job and we have already brought a lot of people through the building, so very exciting first 4 months," said Music City Center President and CEO Charles Starks.

He said renting out the space has been either on track or better than expected.

"What has been real encouraging is the amount of short term business we have booked, with both local Nashville companies and kind of regional middle Tennessee companies," said Starks.

With this kind of success, President and CEO of the Nashville's Convention and Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon said you've got to grab even more business while things are hot.

"This is about getting the right people talking to the right client, so we can elevate our game on top of bring in more business," said Spyridon.

In a push to get even more organizations to host conventions in Nashville, Spyridon has helped organize a local task force to work their affiliations.

"We'll call it insider trading. If we can get some locals who are engaged on a national or corporate level with those kind of meetings, it's just a quicker answer and a better support system," said Spyridon.

This partnership is strictly volunteer based and everyone asked has said yes.

It's what both Spyridon and Starks said will add to what Nashville can expect this coming year as the American Trade Association kicks off conventions in 2014 with 10,000 expected visitors.

"We follow right behind that with the American Bus Association, American Trucking Association and so, once we get to January, I think everybody is going to really see there large groups we've talk about for years," said Starks.

This new initiative is part of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation's long-term strategic plan, which serves as a roadmap to elevate Nashville to a top-tier destination.


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