Conference center concept detailed in new proposal

Local hotelier: Rough outline doesn’t have enough specifics

A company official with the Puri Group of Enterprises, which owns the Doubletree hotel seen in the file photo above, says the rough outline of Jefferson City's RFP for a conference center leaves him with questions

A company official with the Puri Group of Enterprises, which owns the Doubletree hotel seen in the file photo above, says the rough outline of Jefferson City's RFP for a conference center leaves him with questions Photo by News Tribune.

Within the next 30 to 60 days, Jefferson City staff is expected to put out requests for proposals on the latest conference center concept. But despite optimism from the city administrator, questions surround whether any local hotelier will respond.

Vivek Puri, vice president and general counsel for the Puri Group of Enterprises, which owns the Comfort Suites, Doubletree and Hampton Inn, said the Puri Group had submitted a written proposal for a conference center in December.

“We basically made a proposal from A to Z, our timeline, where we wanted to put it, the situation, how we were going build it, what we were going to build,” Puri said. “They have a proposal that was made by us already.”

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