published Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Chattanooga Convention Center prowls budget for cuts

by Brittany Cofer

Members of the Carter Street Corp., the body that oversees the Chattanooga Convention Center, will painstakingly analyze the organization's budget in the next month to chisel off pieces that could save money in the long run.

Board member Bill Raines Jr., asked Executive Director Mike Shuford on Wednesday during the monthly board meeting if the capital and operations budgets could be examined to find "things that can be recontracted or rebid."

"Let's see if there are new eyes out there, new ways of doing things," Raines said. "Any way to reduce anything."

Shuford said by the next meeting a proposed budget will be ready for the board to review. A large chunk of the capital budget will focus on the need for new carpet in the facility that stretches more than two football fields in length, he said.

During the meeting Wednesday, Shuford noted that December, typically a slow time, was a normal month for the convention center, bringing in $276,000 in gross revenue and $117,000 in net revenue.

The board also passed a resolution expressing "deep gratitude and appreciation" for former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, thanking him for his leadership and support of the Chattanooga Convention Center.

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about Brittany Cofer...

Brittany Cofer is a business reporter who has been with the Chattanooga Times Free Press since January 2010. She previously worked as a general assignment Metro reporter. In the Business department, she covers banking, retail, tourism, consumer issues and green issues. Brittany is from Conyers, Ga., and spent two years at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., before transferring to the University of Georgia. She graduated from the university’s Grady College of Journalism in December ...

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dave said...

Well the first budget cut is that it shouldn't have been built in the first place. I have never seen such a waste of space and overpriced and under-utilized.

January 20, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
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