MCC generates $47.8M in economic impact in March

The Convention Center Authority has announced the Music City Center in March hosted 20 events with 63,901 attendees, generating 39,353 in total room nights and about $47.8 million in economic impact.

The numbers make March the MCC’s strongest month for economic impact since it opened in May 2013, the authority said in a release.

Relatedly, the SoBro-based MCC has generated more than $125 million in economic impact to date in fiscal year 2014.

Since July 1, the convention facility has hosted 262 events with 302,803 attendees. The events generated 115,448 room nights for $125.3 million in economic impact.

Tax collections continue to outperform projections, with the MCC portion of tax collections was up 10.16 percent year over year for January, the authority said.

“March was a great month for us with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Trucking Association and a number of other large groups,” Charles Starks, MCC president and CEO said in release. “Our customers have been very happy with their attendance numbers and every group here during the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 has set record attendance.”

Apr 11, 2014 2:25 PM

MCC captures LEED Gold certification

Metro officials announced today the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Music City Center with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for new construction.

MCC green features include a green roof, a rainwater harvest system and extensive LED lighting with specialized controls. The four-acre green roof, currently the largest in the Southeast, is composed of 14 different types of vegetation that slow rainwater runoff and direct it to a 360,000-gallon collection tank. Harvested rainwater is then used to flush more than 500 toilets/urinals and irrigate outdoor landscaping.

“The project and design team did an incredible job making LEED certification a top priority, and I know the Music City Center staff has continued to focus on environmental stewardship in day-to-day operations,” Mayor Karl Dean said in a release. “We set out with an original target of LEED Silver, and I am extremely proud of the team for surpassing that goal and achieving LEED Gold certification. Green buildings like this one are key to driving our city and our economy toward a more sustainable future and to helping us reach our goal of being the greenest city in the Southeast.”

Since opening in May 2013, the Music City Center has hosted 250-plus events and more than 300,000 attendees.

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Permit Patrol: 21 October 2013

Park Central work, Tin Roof space rehab, MCC telecommunication room build-out, and more...
Oct 21, 2013 7:00 AM

Council OKs downtown fee to support Music City Center

The Metro Council Tuesday night approved a .25 percent fee — a quarter of a cent on the dollar — on the sale of some goods and services provided by businesses located within the central business improvement district. The district spans a 90-block area downtown. Money collected from the fee will go into a fund to recruit conventions to the Music City Center. Steven Hale and the Nashville Scene have the story here.

Oct 16, 2013 12:26 PM

Council passes new fee to recruit events to Music City Center

Remember folks, it's a "fee," not a "tax." From Steven Hale:

Though the rhetoric leading up to its completion may have given such an impression, it seems the Music City Center — the half-a-billion dollar undulating structure that spans three city blocks down Demonbreun Street and represents the largest public investment in Nashville's history — is not quite a "build it and they will come" proposition.

The Metro Council Tuesday night approved a .25 percent — a quarter of a penny on the dollar — on the sale of some goods and services within the central business improvement district, a 90-block area downtown. At-Large Councilman Ronnie Steine explained more about the fee, before the council approved it by a vote of 32-4.

Oct 16, 2013 11:25 AM

MCC generates $26M economic impact in first full quarter of operations

Authority says tax collections continue to outperform projections
Oct 3, 2013 12:45 PM

Local EO chapter to host major regional conference in 2015

More than 500 entrepreneurs from eastern U.S. to gather at MCC
Aug 29, 2013 3:01 PM

Music City Center construction manager joins Skanska

Global construction player Skanska has hired Kristen Heggie to be a project manager in its Nashville office. A Vanderbilt graduate, Heggie previously spent more than five years with the Nashville Convention Center Authority, where she managed construction logistics related to the building of the Music City Center. Prior to her time with the Convention Center Authority, Heggie worked at InfoWorks.

Aug 27, 2013 9:59 AM