New Jackson Convention Complex to Host First Event, Grand Opening This Week

After nearly three years of construction, the new, 330,000-square-foot Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss., is scheduled to open this week. The complex, which is part of a major revitalization effort in downtown Jackson, will host a grand opening ceremony tomorrow along with its first event, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's annual luncheon. An invitation-only opening night reception will take place on Jan. 15 while a public celebration featuring live entertainment and community activities will take place on Jan. 17.

"The Jackson Convention Complex makes the city more competitive in luring new gatherings to the city," Micah Allen, director of sales for the Jackson Convention Complex, told the Mississippi Business Journal last week, noting that meeting planners from across the country have been invited to attend the convention center's opening ceremonies, along with a familiarization tour of Jackson area attractions.

Added Jackson Convention Complex General Manager Linda McCarthy, "When considering a site, meeting planners typically want to know what entertainment activities there are for their conventioneers to enjoy in between meetings and conferences. What better way to show them than by having them take part in our grand opening celebration, where we'll be featuring all of our area attractions, restaurants and the soul of our city through music, food and art, all under one roof?"

Already, the Jackson Convention Complex has booked events through November 2012, according to McCarthy.

Adjacent to the pre-existing Mississippi TelCom Center, now known as Jackson Convention Complex West, the Jackson Convention Complex features 128,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom and 33,000 square feet of lobbies, concourse and pre-function areas, not to mention two boardrooms and 10 meeting rooms. Along with the latest fiber optic technology and wireless Internet access, the complex includes several green features—including a reflective roof, energy-efficient lighting and bike racks for employees who bike to work—and is currently seeking LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Upon opening this week, the Jackson Convention Complex is expected to bring in $1.3 million in first-year revenue. For more information about the facility, visit JacksonConventionComplex.com.