Convention and Visitors Commission

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
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On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay back to the program for the second time.

The Democratic citywide official has been in office since 2001 and already is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Slay has developed a sophisticated and successful political organization, and he’s often played a big role in helping other candidates and ballot issues succeed.

Convention and visitor business in the St. Louis region appears to have bounced back following a rough period after last year's violence in Ferguson.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Bruce Sommer, who formerly oversaw operations at the America’s Center, has resigned as a member of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Board because of a dispute over open records.

Sommer sent a letter this week to the authority’s board president, Jim Shrewsbury, saying he was upset over the repeated delays by the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission in fulfilling his request for a copy of its budget.

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A scandal that erupted in April over lavish spending by the General Services Administration, the government's logistics provider, is leaving hotels in St. Louis scrambling to fill rooms.

(Rendering provided by Atty. Gen. Chris Koster)

Updated at 11:40 with comments from Mayor Slay's office.

Updated at 9:35 with statement from CVC.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has rejected a multi-million dollar proposal from the St. Louis Rams for upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay confirmed the rejection on Twitter this morning. The mayor had encouraged the CVC to reject the Rams' proposal because he thought the cost was too high.

(Office of Mo. Atty. Gen. Koster)

The public may finally see proposed changes for the Edward Jones Dome on May 14, according Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

In a release to the media this afternoon, Koster said that the state "intends to comply with an open records request regarding proposals made on upgrading the Edward Jones Dome" and "will provide the documents to the requesting party on Monday, May 14, unless a court rules that the records should remain closed."

The requesting party on this particular request was KTVI-TV in St. Louis.

(via Flickr/Kevin Ward)

Updated at 6 am with counterclaim and statement from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is asking a judge to keep private a counterproposal from the St. Louis Rams on upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

St. Louis Convention & Visitor’s Commission

The City of St. Louis is hosting what tourism officials are calling the “Super Bowl of Conventions" this weekend.

The members of American Society of Association Executives are responsible for booking some $60 billion in convention activity annually.

All told, some 5,000 hospitality industry reps and executives will be in St. Louis from Saturday to Tuesday.  

The purpose of the convention is for those reps to try to convince 1,500 different associations to hold annual meetings in their city.