Having been to a conference or two I think Sarasota would be a good place to go for a few days of expense account fun. But I don't think I am ready to use my tax dollars to pay for the infrastructure or donate the land or operating costs... Listen here to the author of the Brookings Study on this topic.
"Mayors and other urban decision makers all want to find that silver bullet that will put their cities on the map, making them rich and successful. Many have placed their bets on bigger and better convention centers. But a new study published by The Brookings Institute claims that, for most cities, sinking money into convention centers is a losing strategy. Here to tell us about his findings is Heywood Sanders, author of "Space Available: The Realities of Convention Centers as Economic Development Strategy," along with Bruce Katz, vice president of Brookings."