Realtors group donates to convention center effort

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 2:17pm

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors Tuesday said it was supporting the development of a new convention center in downtown Nashville.

“This facility, when completed, will be important to the central core of the Greater Nashville region because of the economic impact it will have,” said Richard Courtney, president of the association. “However, the strong positive impact will not just be for one county. It will be yet another factor that will help continue building the attractiveness and significance of the entire Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee region.”

Courtney said the Music City Center Coalition (MCCC) has done an outstanding job of providing information and insight concerning the proposed convention center.

“The MCCC has worked very hard to quantify and qualify the need for this facility,” Courtney said. “They have provided the necessary details concerning the investment needed to make it happen, including identifying the funding mechanisms to support it. And, they have established the realistic expectation for a meaningful return on the investment.”

In addition to publicly supporting the MCCC effort, the GNAR’s board of directors approved giving $30,000 to the MCCC over the next three years, Courtney said, “to make sure the support is in place so the effort stays on track.”

Marty Dickens, MCCC Chairman and president of AT&T Tennessee, said the group appreciated GNAR’s support.

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