MAYOR CALLS FOR CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION

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July 19, 2013 (San Diego) – Yesterday, during opening day at Comic-Con, Mayor Bob Filner announced support for expanding the San Diego Convention Center.

“I am dedicated to keeping Comic-Con here in San Diego.  That dedication includes my support for expanding the San Diego Convention Center.   I am pleased to announce that I have been working closely with the Center’s Board of Directors and San Diego business leaders to develop a solid plan for the expansion effort,” he said. “I support what the Board has in mind and will be working with City staff at all levels to ensure we do everything necessary to get the project underway and completed in a timely fashion.”

The Mayor added, that for the past 43 years, Comic-Con International and its predecessors have “shown the world how innovation and good ideas can become powerful economic engines. Our City has been host and incubator to the entrepreneurs and visionaries who elevated the popular graphic arts to the heights of common culture.  San Diego has benefitted in countless ways from this extraordinary event and I am honored to welcome the organizers, attendees and local beneficiaries of Comic-Con to our great City.”

Expanding the Convention Center is important for the entire City, the Mayor emphasized. “Whether you attend Comic-Con or merely revel in the spectacle it brings to downtown, there is no mistaking the benefits it brings to local businesses.  An expanded Convention Center can help us extend those benefits by attracting more and larger conventions like Comic-Con to our City.  It will certainly give us the space we need to continue serving Comic-Con and its visitors for years to come.”