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Convention Center Authority responds to critical report

The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority's executive director says a recent report about the authority's finances makes incorrect assumptions about its operations.

Republican lawmakers say the authority's facilities are too often empty, aren't attracting enough new business, and managers need to do more to control costs.

James McCarvill says the report contains factual errors and the authority isn't meant to be profitable.

He says the facilities' purpose is to stimulate economic activity and create jobs.

The authority operates the Convention Center, the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium and two parking garages.

McCarvill says the convention center is occupied more often than other regional centers.

McCarvill says the authority is cutting costs and improving services, but won't report progress to the group as requested.




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