Study: Jefferson City conference center to operate at a loss

Conference center would need up to $300,000 anually to stay afloat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Jefferson City's new conference center will need hundreds of thousands of dollars to stay afloat.

Sources tell ABC 17 News that a market study found the facility will need a $200,000 to $300,000 annual subsidy. That means the center would operate at a net loss.

It's not clear who would pick up the tab, however the group that conducted the market analysis believes the hotel operator would pay.

The Farmer Holding Group and Ehrhardt Hospitality Group are the two developers in the final round of the proposal process.

The market study recommends the conference center have a hotel with at least 150 rooms, but both developers proposed a 120-room hotel.

The study also states a minimum of 30,000-square feet of conference space would be needed, but Farmer and Ehrhardt only proposed 10,000-square feet.

Jefferson City Council members are set to talk about the new conference center market study at City Hall Thursday afternoon.

Stay with ABC 17 News and for the latest on this developing story.

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