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Old Posted Jun 16, 2006, 8:29 PM
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I completely approve of the college taking over the Cleary as I believe it will be good for both the college and downtown -- not to mention that the Cleary-as-convention-centre will be redundant after the casino expansion. However, the article below just shows that the Windsor Star and the mayor appear to have been making a big deal out nothing with respect to the $1 million per year subsidy and the centre's lack of use.

Cleary wins award
Published: Friday, June 16, 2006

The Cleary International Centre, which is expected to become a part of St. Clair College in September, has been named winner of the 2006 Convention Award, handed out annually by the local convention and visitors bureau.

The award recognizes an individual or organization that has been instrumental in securing convention/event business for the Windsor area.

“Despite our physical limitations, we have been able to do a good job in attracting business and it’s gratifying that our staff has been recognized in this way,” said Sergio Grando, executive director of hospitality services for the city.

The Cleary, which is subsidized by the city to the tune of almost $1 million annually, draws one of the lowest municipal subsidies per square foot in the province and has one of the highest usage ratios per square footage in Ontario, said Grando.

In addition, the Chrysler Theatre is the most cost-efficient municipally-owned theatre in Ontario, added Grando.

© Windsor Star 2006
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