JACKSON — Downtown Jackson will get another economic boost when the Jackson Convention Complex (JCC) officially opens for business Jan. 14.
And the first event is only the beginning. The new complex already has bookings seemingly every week until 2011.
“We can accomodate 25 events at one time,” JCC general manager Linda McCarthy said. “And trust me, booking that way when we need to.”
The convention complex is part of more than $2.4 billion in potential development taking place in downtown Jackson.
JCC management held an open house for the media last week to show off the new building, which they say is 95 percent complete.
The complex is projected to host 164 events and an estimated 79,600 attendees at any given time. By the 10th year, the complex is projected to host 279 events and an estimated 175,300 attendees.
Prior to the construction of the complex, there was no place in the Jackson-metro area large enough to host such events.
“This is crucial to our local economy,” McCarthy said. “Convention business means large crowds, which means more business for our hotels, restaurants and retail establishments.”
Some of the regional and national events scheduled include the Motor Trend International Auto Show, National Cheer Stars, Mississippi Department of Education Student Organizing Meeting as well as a large outdoor sportsman show and a home and garden show.
The first event Jan. 14 will be gathering of nearly 1,000 metro area business leaders, which will be followed Jan. 17 by the JCC grand opening with lots of entertainers and a day-long community open house that will feature local arts, attractions and entertainment.
JCC Grand Opening
Community Center Stage
10 a.m. – Miss Jackson Hospitality Joi Owens
10:10 a.m. – Dorian the Magician
10:45 a.m. – St. Andrews dance team
11 a.m. – Mississippi Natural Science Museum: David Hall falconry/MS Outreach Foundation
11:35 a.m. – Jim Hill High School drum line and Tigerettes
11:50 a.m. – Jackson Zoo
12:10 p.m. – New Stage Theatre presents: “Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse”
12:45 p.m. – Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
1:20 p.m. – Ballet Mississippi
1:30 p.m. – International Ballet Competition: “Cit Steps”
1:35 p.m. – Patrick Harkins Band
2:15 p.m. – Art with Gary Scott
2:45 p.m. – Greater Mt. Calvary Gospel Choir
2:55 p.m. – Jessie Primer
3:30 p.m. – Cade Chapel Voices of Love
3:55 p.m. – JSU Greek step demonstration
4:25 p.m. – Ballet Magnificat
4:45 p.m. – The Davincis
5:25 p.m. – The Weeks
City with Soul Arena
10 a.m. – Dowell Taylor Jazz Quartet
10:30 p.m. – Latinsmo!
11 a.m. – Derrick Burk gospel
11:30 a.m. – Shea Arender Elvis Tribute
Noon – America’s Next Top Model Search
1:15 p.m. – Full Moon Circus rock band
2:45 p.m. – Kamikaze rap
4:15 p.m. – Akami, Annissa Hampton, Keesha Pratt tribute to R&B divas
4:45 p.m. – Jesse Robinson and the 500-pound Blues Band
5:25 p.m. – Faze4 80s and 90s and today cover tunes
First 20 events
Jackson Convention Complex
Jan. 14 – Jackson Chamber Lunch
Jan. 15-17 – JCC Grand Opening Events
Jan. 19 – Motor Trend Car Show
Jan. 22 – MAJ Mid-Winter Meetings
Jan. 29 – Jackson Association of Health
Feb. 1 – Mississippi State alumni dinner
Feb. 2-3 – Mississippi State Department of Rehab
Feb. 3 – National Business Institute
Feb. 6 – Gov. Prayer Lunch
Feb. 10 – Mission Mississippi Governor’s Breakfast
Feb. 16-18 – MDE Dropout Prevention
Feb. 23-24 – Mississippi Department of Education
Feb. 25 – Mississippi College of Law
Feb. 26 – MS CSI Show
Feb. 27-28 – Christians United Israel
Feb. 27 – Fashion Fair Show
Feb. 27-28 – National Cheer Stars
March 7 – Clinton High School class reunion
March 12 – National Business Institute
March 14 – Community Student Learning Center
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