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Roland E. Powell Convention Center Gathering Spot

After months of discussing plans of expanding the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, renovation decisions were solidified. Local business owners and town officials came to a conclusion about the 40th Street landmark in Ocean City.



The Roland E. Powell Convention Center is a huge building that can provide many possibilities for our town. Already this 2010 Spring season, the convention center has reported a 10% increase in attendance at all events since January.


Aesthetic changes are underway. The latest phase includes the major creation of a massive ballroom. The ballroom will draw dancers, bands, competitors, and other related visitors to town. “It’s going to be a 30,000-square-foot ballroom with glass exposure to the bay that goes floor to ceiling,” says Rick Hamilton, the Convention Center Director.


The last phase includes the expansive performing arts center. The 52-foot spacious floor area planned for the arts will be ideal for large art groups. With a nice, big, open space the Roland E. Powell will attract larger shows, groups, and art related competitions.



The town’s Economic Development Committee discussed other ongoing changes and proposed upgrades. Recently the façade of the building has been renovated. More entrances were created and will be used instead of one main entrance. Once inside, visitors will see several reception areas to receive information about activities at the convention center versus the old single reception desk.


Moving forward with changes to the convention center will make the space even more flexible than it already is. By configuring the location to meet practically every need, the Roland E. Powell Convention Center will provide Ocean City with a luxurious place to gather.




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