‘The numbers don’t add up!’

11.16.16

Public Administration Professor Heywood Sanders provides in depth interview with Investigative Reporter Lee Zurik of Fox 8 in New Orleans about the Morial Convention Center inflated attendance numbers. 

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - If you take the management of New Orleans' Morial Convention Center at their word, then you'd likely assume that "business is booming" - that's exactly what GM Bob Johnson tells us in a recent interview.

From City Hall down, convention center money leaves NOLA residents frustrated.  Zurik: Convention Center cash piles up as attendance numbers fall flat In 2014.  For instance, the Morial Convention Center reported an economic impact of $1.81 billion. But is that even close to accurate? If you investigate the numbers that MCC publishes every year, you'll find that booming assessment may be off - sometimes, way off.

"Who do you think you're fooling?" wonders policy public researcher Heywood Sanders, author of the book Convention Center Follies. "Let's be real, let's be honest. Let's give the public a realistic assessment of how this thing is doing."  Read more from the Fox 8 story by Investigative Reporter Lee Zurik.  Video available here