(September 13, 2018) – The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) releases an open letter to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The letter sets forth BGR’s concerns about a Convention Center consultant’s recent analysis of the feasibility and economic impact of a proposed 1,200-room convention hotel. The letter focuses on areas where the consultant’s projections and findings differ from BGR’s July 19 report on the development team’s proposal. Enclosed with today’s letter is an expanded discussion of BGR’s concerns, presented as a series of questions to Convention Center officials for their response.
The purpose of BGR’s letter is to reconcile its analysis with the consultant’s findings. BGR’s objective is to help ensure the public has the best information possible to evaluate the development team’s requested public contributions and any tentative deal that may emerge from the ongoing negotiations. BGR is not taking a position on the hotel project itself.
Read the media release and the letter here.