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Owensboro brainstorming ideas to go along with new Convention Center

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Work continues to move along on the new Convention Center in Owensboro.

Even though it won't be open for a little over a year, the city is brain storming ways to adapt to the changes it will bring.

The Convention Center is scheduled to open next January, but the city is already looking for new ways to market Owensboro. That includes expanding special programs for groups that come into the city and their families.  

"We can create a unique experience for them here in Owensboro," Karen Miller with the Owensboro-Daviess County CVB. 

The new Convention Center means new plans.

"I think one of the things that we'll be altering will be sizes of groups. We haven't had large groups here for quite a while, so that'll be new for us and really looking forward to it," Miller said.  

Those programs have worked well in the past, and Miller says they'll only get better.

"A lot of times when we've done it before, the people that are in the conference really wish they were hanging out with the other ones doing the fun stuff," Miller said.  

Most of the steelwork for the Convention Center is complete. City officials are pleased with how work is moving along.  

"It's exciting down on the site because there's a lot of activity. The steel's coming up out of the ground. The slabs are being poured, and we're getting ready to start the roofing process," city attorney, Ed Ray said.  

The final beam will be put into place next month and the public will be able to participate.  

"Really exciting event for the community to be involved with being able to come down on site and actually sign a beam and have their name kind of put up in there as part of the ongoing process," Ray said.  

The event signals a new phase in the project.

"We're all on the same page. We're all moving in the same direction, and that's going to make us much stronger," Miller said.  

The opportunity for the public to sign the beam will take place exactly one month from Monday.

Once the steelwork is finished, the focus will shift to the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical aspects of the construction process.

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