February 22. 2013 7:00AM - Last modified: February 22. 2013 7:20AM

GREEN BAY – Walker offers funds to help expand Green Bay convention center

A much-anticipated expansion of the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay could be getting a $2 million boost from the state.
Mayor Jim Schmitt said Thursday that Gov. Scott Walker has pledged $2 million in assistance, clearing the way for the city to begin the convention center project this fall.

“We needed the commitment from the state, and we got that,” Schmitt said.

The mayor discussed the nearly $20 million convention center expansion Thursday during a presentation to the Brown County Taxpayers Association at Titletown Brewing in downtown Green Bay.

Green Bay officials have spent more than a year trying to assemble funding to add about 30,000 square feet to the convention center, which would nearly double its size and make it more attractive to larger conventions, trade shows and other events.

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