Delegate Mary Beth Carozza Applauds Governor Hogan’s Announcement to Fund Final Expansion of Ocean City Convention Center
Delegate Mary Beth Carozza publicly thanked Governor Larry Hogan for his announcement of $20 million from the State of Maryland through the Maryland Stadium Authority to fund the final expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center.
“I am excited for the expected economic impact and increase of jobs this expansion will bring. This will not only attract new clients to the Convention Center, but allow our current ones to expand,” Delegate Carozza said. The expansion is expected to bring $67 million and up to 670 new jobs to Ocean City.
The funding was announced by Governor Hogan at the Convention Center at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) 2018 Summer Conference. “This facility has long been an important economic driver for Ocean City, bringing in thousands of visitors for conferences and events like MACo and allowing local businesses to stay open and continue to hire year-round,” Governor Hogan stated.
Delegate Carozza added “I am proud to have supported legislation to increase funding for the expansion this past session.” Legislation was introduced during the 2018 legislative session that would have provided funding for the Ocean City Convention Center expansion. House Bill 133-Maryland Stadium Authority - Ocean City Convention Facility - Renovation passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 130-3 but did not clear the State Senate before adjournment on April 9.
Delegate Carozza also thanked Mayor Rick Meehan and the outstanding team at the OC Convention Center for their outstanding work in supporting the many conventions held over the years and their advocacy in making the case for the Convention Center expansion.