New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a Request for Proposals, seeking a new talent buyer for New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The RFP is in hopes to have the fairground’s New Expo Center become a “premier, year-round national venue” and seeks a private company to book non-fair events at the 136,000-square-foot building.
“The transformation of the Fairgrounds has already delivered economic benefits to Central New York, attracting new visitors and showcasing the many recreation and business opportunities the region and the state have to offer,” Governor Cuomo said. “After back-to-back years of record-breaking attendance and with the completion of the new Expo Center as an additional draw, we will ensure the Fairground becomes and remains a year-round destination and economic engine for all of Central New York.”
The announcement complements the region’s “Central NY Rising” campaign, a blueprint to generate “robust economic growth and community development. The state has invested nearly $3 billion into the regent since 20912 to lay groundwork for the plan, according to the announcement. The expo center, with 4,000 retractable seats, is already home to car shows, consumer and trade shows, and equestrian events, and is expected to join the fair’s portfolio of Toyota Coliseum and the Center of Progress Building, among other facilities.
More information regarding the RFP is available here.