Dayton Convention Center Set to Undergo $31 Million Renovation Under New Leadership

The new facility is expected to look like the rendering shown here.

DAYTON, Ohio—In 2020, the Montgomery County Convention Facilities Authority, the entity which owns the Dayton Convention Center (DCC), approved imposing a new three percent tax on hotel and motel stays in Montgomery County to renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility. These countywide lodging taxes will help pay for millions of dollars in renovations to modernize and update the convention center and retain a management company to manage its day-to-day operations.

In 2021, ASM Global, a leader in venue management and event services, took over the management of the facility. They brought on Kelli Donahoe, CMP, to lead the charge as the DCC general manager. Donahoe brings a wealth of experience and industry expertise to her new role, having most recently served as the director of sales and marketing for Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Prior to her tenure in Pittsburgh, she held various sales leadership positions at convention centers in Orlando, Tampa and San Jose.

Donahoe’s primary objectives in the new role include leading the managers and dedicated hospitality staff tasked with promotion and operation of the facility, handling food and beverage operations, and collaborating and growing key partnerships with community stakeholders.

The Dayton Convention Center is located in beautiful downtown Dayton, minutes from the Dayton International Airport and the I-70/I-75 interchange. The facility offers 150,000 square feet of meeting space and a 68,000-square-foot column-free exhibit hall with a state-of-the-art VIP suite that overlooks the halls. The 672-seat theatre boasts full theatrical capabilities with six dedicated dressing rooms. The food and beverage selections feature creative culinary talents from Chef Mark Ceccio, serving quality and goodness you deserve.

The $31 million renovation project will start in Q4 of 2022 and is expected to be a two-year project consisting of exterior, interior, and infrastructure improvements.

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