- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bob Johnson, president and general manager of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will retire in September after a decade at the helm of the facility.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2oGs0uD ) Johnson’s career in venue management has spanned nearly five decades. Johnson helped open the Lakefront Arena. He was also served as the general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for 10 years.

Recently, Johnson has overseen a nearly $84 million effort to transform Convention Center Boulevard into a more pedestrian-friendly design to connect the Warehouse District to the French Quarter.

The Convention Center is in the midst of a $1.5 billion project that will add a hotel, retail restaurants and entertainment venues along the riverfront development. Officials say in recent months negotiations with a team of developers have stalled.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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