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Orange County Convention Center

w w w.o ccc.n et H ead q u ar te rs : O r la n d o, F la . Re ve nu e s : $60 m i l l i on
E mp l oye e s : 4 5 0 K at h i e C anni ng, exe cu t i ve d i re cto r : “ O u r cu s tom e rs are
s een a s o u r g u es t s a n d t rea ted as s u ch .”

The Orange County Convention Center offers more than 2 million square feet of exhibition space in two buildings and hosts more than 200 events annually.

Hospitality Center
The Orange County Convention Center celebrates its 30th anniversary by
preparing for growth in the numerous events it hosts. BY JIM HARRIS
Since it first opened its doors in 1983, the

The center continues to grow and

renovations and HVAC and fire alarm sys-

Orange County Convention Center has

evolve its program offerings as well as its

tems. An existing exhibit hall will be retro-

grown from being a 150,000-square-foot

physical space. The year 2013 marks not

fitted to become ballroom space, and

event center serving its local community

only the center’s 30th anniversary, but

furniture will be added to all concourses

to one of the nation’s largest convention

also the beginning of a five-year, $187

to give them a less industrial look. “We

facilities. The Orlando, Fla., convention

million capital improvement project that

want to give the space more of a hotel

center today offers more than 2 million

will allow the center to draw more events,

quality,” Canning adds.

square feet of exhibition space in two

Executive Director Kathie Canning says.

buildings and hosts more than 200 con-

The facility’s wireless system has also

The Orange County Convention Cen-

been upgraded. The roof of both the West

ventions, tradeshows, meetings, ban-

ter’s-million-square-foot West Building

Building and the center’s second building,

quets, consumer events and

will see improvements to curtain walls,

the 3 million-square-foot North/South

public-ticketed events annually.

lighting and utility upgrades, restroom

Building, will also be replaced.

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