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The Next Chapter For Chattanooga’s Convention Center

The Chattanooga Convention Center.
Dave Flessner / Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Chattanooga Convention Center.

The Chattanooga Convention Center opened its doors on Carter Street in 1985, nearly forty years ago - far exceeding its expectations.

Now, the city’s tourism industry - which earned record revenues last year - is looking into whether it’s time for a new and larger convention center.

Dave Flessner is business editor for The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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