After two and a half years of construction, what once was Montgomery's Civic Center--is reborn.
Friday, Montgomerians made their way through a maze of RVs and motor homes--part of an event the city hasn't seen in four years.
"We're extremely excited. It's something the city has waited a long time for," explained Dawn Hathcock of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
It's the beginning of a growing trend in Montgomery's Downtown area.
With the 73,000 square foot Convention Center and adjacent Renaissance Hotel, the Chamber of Commerce sees revenue on the horizon.
"It really represents a possible $40,000,000 impact to the City of Montgomery for 2008," Hathcock said.
It's a concept even Montgomerians can stand behind.
"This is really going to re-energize and re-invigorate the whole Downtown Montgomery area," explained Jeffrey Dziedzic, a Montgomery resident.
With a room as big as a football field, the new Convention Center will attract events that--in years passed--have gone to larger cities.
However, it also means bringing in new customers--not just for the Renaissance, but for many businesses in Montgomery.
"We're going to be the economic engine that drives the entire Montgomery market," said Ray Ezelle of Renaissance Montgomery.
It's a prediction the city hopes will hold true.
"This is going to help all of the hotels in the City of Montgomery as well as the River Region," Hathcock said.