The South Bend Board of Public Works has approved a nearly $5 million contract to improve the city's convention center. The South Bend Tribune reports SMG, the Pennsylvania management company that runs the Century Center, will work with Massachusetts-based Ameresco Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) on the project that could begin in the spring. The work is expected to take 18 months and is designed to boost the late-1970s-era facility's energy efficiency.

Century Center General Manager Leanna Belew tells the publication she believes the improvements will help attract more conventions.

South Bend Director of Sustainability Therese Dorau says the project will be paid back using a combination of lodging taxes, Capital Improvement funds and a federal energy savings bond.

Source: The South Bend Tribune

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