Timeline, concept of JC conference center changing after Transformation’s defeat

‘Think outside the box’

Jefferson City has been trying to move forward with a concrete conference center plan for decades, and the latest efforts have stalled once again.

In January, the city laid out a timeline leading to a selection of either the 200 block of West McCarty or the old Missouri State Penitentiary site by the end of June and the beginning of the design phase in July.

But that timetable is no longer looking feasible, said City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus, since conference center plans changed after Transformation failed to pass Feb. 7.

“Obviously, without the $10 million from Transformation, that budget is drastically decreased,” Nickolaus said. “It’s about half of the budget that we were looking at, which arguably was maybe even a little short then.”

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A lodging tax increase was passed last year, with all funds from the 4 percent increase going toward a conference center.


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