June 29, 2012 |
Elimination of the 8 percent labor management fee charged to groups at the Pennsylvania Convention Center formally takes effect on Sunday, according to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, which oversees the center. The fee elimination was announced in early April and is intended to make the Convention Center and the city more competitive in attracting group business. Other changes designed to enhance customer service include mandatory hospitality training of workers, a new customer service booth on the show floor, and increased transparency of labor rates and hours.
March 14, 1992 |
Merchants at the Reading Terminal Market may have to share stands, operate from temporary stations in the terminal or close down temporarily while the historic train shed is renovated. These are among the suggestions to be discussed by a new task force set up to resolve the ongoing dispute between the merchants and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. The two sides appeared to be at impasse until Mayor Rendell and state Sen. Vince Fumo announced that they would mediate the dispute.
December 2, 1989 |
Reading Terminal Market merchants have filed suit against the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, charging that it reneged on payments it agreed to make to them. The merchants' lawsuit also seeks to stop work on the $500 million-plus Center City convention center until the dispute is resolved. "We do this with great regret," said Harry G. Ochs, president of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants Association. "We're not trying to cause any trouble. It's just that we've been through plenty, and now it's time for us to stand up and be heard.
May 16, 2002 |
Unable to reach a unanimous vote, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority yesterday put off appointing a new Convention Center chief until Wednesday. Members of the board said they hoped the delay would give them time to reach consensus so the board did not appear politically divided. The board has four Republicans and four Democrats, all political appointees. The ninth member, Democrat Bernard Watson, was chosen jointly by the other eight as their chairman. At the center of the rift is Robert Judge, the most visible of the three candidates interviewed since the presidential search began four months ago. Judge, a Republican, was Pennsylvania revenue secretary under former Gov. Tom Ridge, and has been corporate secretary and assistant to the chairman at the Delaware River Port Authority since September 2000.
December 17, 1987 |
A panel of three Common Pleas judges has upheld the constitutionality of the city's hotel tax, clearing the first legal hurdle to financing the new convention center. The tax must be declared constitutional because it will be used to pay off bonds on the $468 million convention center. Attorneys for the city and the Embassy Suites Hotel at the airport - which sued the city to overturn the tax - plan to bring the case to the state Supreme Court to put the issue to rest, according to attorneys for the city and Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
February 22, 1990 |
Former City Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks was confirmed yesterday as executive director of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. He will assume his new duties next Thursday with an annual salary of $140,000. "We are very pleased to make this significant appointment after completing an extensive executive search," said authority board Chairman Willard G. Rouse 3d. "We feel strongly that Mr. Perks brings specific expertise in the construction area and broad management experience, which will only enhance this already exciting project.
November 22, 2007 |
In speeches before members of the region's hospitality industry yesterday, Mayor Street and Mayor-elect Michael Nutter agreed on one thing: They like the hospitality industry. Hospitably, the audience at the annual membership luncheon of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau gave each a standing ovation. Street was being honored for his longtime support for the Convention Center and expanded tourism. Organizers had said Nutter, who resigned in April as chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority board, would talk about the future of the tourism industry, but he did not make any specific proposals.
April 18, 1991 |
Mayor Goode, Gov. Casey and developer Willard G. Rouse 3d stood amid the drone of earth-moving equipment and the clanging of steel against concrete yesterday watching a long-awaited project taking shape: the Center City convention center. It was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the project, although construction has been going on at the site, bounded by Arch, Race, 11th and 13th Streets, since January. Larry Rommes, site superintendent, said about 125 workers were on the site, working on various aspects of the convention center's Exhibit Hall Building.
March 13, 1990 |
Conflicting reports on the cleanup of PCBs and other contaminants at the Reading Terminal have caused the city to postpone its purchase of the property for the Center City convention center and hotel project, developer Willard G. Rouse announced yesterday. The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority was scheduled to close the deal on the property Thursday or Friday, Rouse said. A report issued in mid- February by consultants hired by the Reading Co. indicated that PCB levels in the terminal shed, arcade and basement met federal environmental guidelines.
June 1, 1988 |
Time is growing short for approval of a $216 million bond issue to finance construction of Philadelphia's new Convention Center. City Council must approve the deal by June 30, when Council breaks for the summer, or the center's fate could be jeopardized. When Council will get its hands on the bond-deal legislation is unknown, because the Goode administration and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority have not yet signed off on it. If Council does not approve the bond issue until after it reconvenes in the fall - and plans by Council to scrutinize the deal could postpone the issue until then, Council members say - it's anyone's guess when construction could get under way. And according to the law that created the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, if construction does not start by Dec. 31, the authority cannot use the city's 5 percent hotel tax, a portion of which is earmarked to help finance construction.