Sean J. Soper
OCEAN CITY- The next phase of the expansion of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City got a fiscal shot in the arm on Thursday when Governor Larry Hogan announced he had authorized the Maryland Stadium Authority to move forward with a $20 million contribution to the project.
Hogan, in the resort for the annual Maryland Association of Counties (MAco) convention, made the announcement on Thursday morning at the convention center. The total project cost is around $34 million, with $20 million dedicated by the state and the remaining $14 million coming from the town of Ocean City, which is being funded by a portion of a significant bond sale approved late last year.
The expansion will add 30,000 square feet of exhibit space on the north side of the facility that will tie into existing Exhibit Halls A and B. The expanded space could be used alone for a single event, or opened up with the other adjacent exhibit halls to create a larger space.
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.
Delegate Mary Beth Carozza's State Senate campaign has been highlighted in the Republican State Leadership Committee's “18 in 18: Races to Watch.” The RSLC is the only national organization dedicated to electing Republicans to down-ballot state offices.
“I am excited and honored to have my State Senate campaign be recognized as one of 18 races to watch in 2018 by the Republican State Leadership Committee. I am humbled to be recognized for my constituent service, work with local businesses, farmers, the fishing industry, and support of career trade and technology education,” Delegate Carozza said.
“The first round of candidates identified on our ‘18 in ’18: Races to Watch’ list embody the future leaders we will wholeheartedly support through the Future Majority Project and Right Women, Right Now initiatives. We have had enormous success with candidates we have already elected to office this year and we look forward to the success of the remainder of these candidates come November,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee.The Future Majority Project supports candidates who advocate for economic growth and job creation policies.
Carozza added: “With less than 100 days to go to Election Day, we are leaving no stone unturned, and we're out there everyday listening and responding to the voters. The RSLC has recognized my campaign as a race to watch because of the statewide significance in breaking the Annapolis establishment. I am the best candidate for State Senator because I best represent the priorities of the Shore way of life and am the stronger partner to Governor Larry Hogan to keep the Shore and Maryland on the right track. Our Team Carozza campaign continues to build momentum each day with new volunteers and strong support from the voters.”