BVM June 2016 - page 57

Business View Magazine - June 2016 57
business.” That situation finally changed in May 2015,
after many years of contentious political and financial
wrangling, when the Oregon State legislature autho-
rized Metro to issue $60 million in revenue bonds to
help finance a $212 million, 600-room Hyatt Regency
directly across the street from the OCC. “If everything
goes well,” Pizzuti says, “we’ll be breaking ground on
that project in May 2017, with an expected open-
ing date of October 2019. So, we see that as a huge
change in our opportunities.”
Now celebrating its 26th year, and with a new hotel
on the horizon, the Oregon Convention Center is well-
poised to continue its award-winning service to the
people of Portland and the many groups and travelers
who hold their events in the Rose City.
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