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Convention center boosts Woodward economy

Community leaders expect the new Woodward Convention Center to help strengthen the economy in areas not directly related to the energy industry.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: August 17, 2012
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Community leaders knew there was demand for a convention center, but they underestimated the level of interest.

The city hoped the new facility would be host to 26 events in 2012 and more than 50 in 2013.

The projections were not close to reality.

The center already has been home to more than 40 events, and 98 have been booked for 2012 alone.

“It's far surpassing our expectations,” Riffel said.

The conference center has facilitated oil and gas events such as last week's energy conference. But it also has been used for weddings, trade shows, club meetings and for other industries not directly related to energy production.

“It's going to be a tremendous asset in allowing us to impact a lot of different areas,” Riffel said.

“We looked to a conference center to host events of any size, but it has shown that we can utilize it in a way to give a first impression of the community that is strongly positive.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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