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LAS VEGAS - The newest downtown Las Vegas venture is now open. A ribbon-cutting ceremony ushered in the opening of Meet Las Vegas on Tuesday. Meet Las Vegas is a three-story, 30,000 square foot convention venue that sits on the corner of 4th and Bridger.

City leaders hope the facility will bring corporate events, trade shows and conventions to downtown Las Vegas. "We have so many things happening in downtown," Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said. "The one thing that we were really missing, other than an arena or stadium, was a convention center."

Supporters of the project view it as another step in the city's ongoing effort to revitalize the area. "I think that what it shows people is that downtown has huge potential," Meet Las Vegas CEO Dan Maddux said. "A lot of people, to a degree, have forgotten about downtown. There is so much room for expansion in growth in the downtown area."

Former Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Chairperson Fafie Moore agrees. "This is the type of thing that our community needs, and it's going to help us do the turnaround," she said.

Andrew Leary runs his Super Cleaners dry cleaning business downtown. He sees potential growth in the area. "Just a few years ago, people were turned off about the idea of opening a business downtown," Leary said. "I think the more the people can see downtown, the more they'll appreciate it… Hopefully, (Meet Las Vegas) brings in more business, especially with conventioneers."

With projects like Meet Las Vegas, Symphony Park, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and a new downtown city hall, Mayor Goodman says downtown is on the right track. "A lot of things are happening in an economy where, in other places, nothing is happening. We have a new city hall building that's being built and great plans for the future," he said.

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