45 jobs are added for Convention Center

Maryland Watch

June 27, 1996

Little more than two months from the opening of the $150 million Baltimore Convention Center expansion, the city's Board of Estimates yesterday approved 45 new positions to staff the expanded center.

The jobs, to be phased in as part of a staff restructuring during the coming year, will cost the city $1.1 million in the first year and increase the center's total staff from 80 to 125. New positions include those of national sales manager, regional sales manager and public information officer as well as additional clerical, maintenance and custodial jobs.

The expansion will nearly triple the center's size, to about 1.2 million square feet, and more than double exhibition space, to 300,000 square feet. The center also will become the site of Maryland's largest ballroom, at 36,000 square feet. The first phase of the expansion is to open in early September; the existing center will then close for renovations and reopen next spring.

The new jobs will be added in phases, with some starting between now and the expansion's completion and others after the existing center's renovation, said Peggy Daidakis, the center's executive director.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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