ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today participated in the grand opening of the third and final expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center. The $38 million expansion — a partnership between the State of Maryland and the City of Ocean City — includes a new 30,000 square foot showroom and 15,000 square foot bayside gallery .
“Our state government’s entire mission continues to keep Maryland open for business, and this ribbon cutting is another shining example that we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” Governor Hogan said. “The completion of this transformative project is another sign of our continued health and economic recovery and our commitment to come back stronger and better than ever.”
The governor was joined for today’s announcement by Ocean City Mayor Marty Meehan and Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman Tom Kelso.
Governor Hogan announced the final expansion in 2018 after allowing the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to go ahead with funding. MSA, which provided $22.5 million in bonds for the expansion, also managed the design and construction of the project, which is expected to generate up to 30 new events per year and support more than 500 local jobs.
Land was dumped on the project in April 2020 and construction was completed in January. The first event to use the expansion is the Seaside Boat Show, which the governor also visited today.
Today’s grand opening comes a day after the governor announced in Salisbury a new $50 million Maryland Rural Economic Development Fund, to help spur new investment and job creation in rural counties across the state.