Well, not the new one, but the old one planners wanted to build in 1992 when Raleigh voters said no by a 58% to 42% margin. Though given the scale of the new building and the massive public spending spent over the last several years in downtown Raleigh, one would assume 1000 new jobs would be a floor and not a ceiling for job creation.
From the RALEIGH MEANS BUSINESS COMMITTEE:
"A new Raleigh convention center is a sound economic investment. It will create 1,000 new jobs, generate more than $50 million a year in new visitor spending and $3 million in new tax revenues."
Job creation is welcome. We welcome you working here. Our Mayor and Councillors Koopman, Stephenson and McFarlane would prefer you find somewhere else to live however.