(Orange, Texas)

June 29, 2013

Orange County Convention and Expo Center focus of budget talks

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Orange County Commissioners Court held a budget workshop concerning the guidelines and budget for the Orange County Convention and Expo Center, 11475 FM 1442 in Orange, on Tuesday.

The construction of the center was funded through grants, insurance proceeds, FEMA and donations. The project did not create any new debt for the county.

The building, while housing some offices for Orange County, will serve as a ‘shelter of last resort’ during emergencies in the area while also housing a state of the art Emergency Operations Center.

The secondary purpose of the center is promoting and facilitating events that generate economic benefits for the citizens of the county.

The rental fees were discussed for the Ballroom, Dupont Room, Main classroom, and Festival area, The rates also included an option for non- profit events and smaller sections of the ball room.

The workshop permitted the court to discuss the guidelines and budget. The 2 p.m. Monday Commissioners Court meeting will discuss accepting the guidelines presented during the workshop, creating a department to manage the rental side of the center, and the job description for the employee to manage the rental side as well the approval for advertising the position.

The actual opening date for the center has yet to be determined.