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Three Rivers Convention Center could expand

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—More than 120,000 people attended at least one of the 44 events held at the Three Rivers Convention Center last year. That growing number could mean the Convention Center expanding and a new hotel.

"Kennewick is not a secret anymore and we're getting more groups to come and these conferences are taken more seriously now," says Cory Pearson, Executive Director.

At the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers alone, about 1,300 people are expected to show. They had to spill over to the Toyota Center because of the big turnout. Last year events were turned away before of lack of space.

"We are looking at a full feasibility study for an attached hotel and looking at the expansion of the conventional center at the same time," says Pearson.

The study will look at location, size, cost, funding and the rising number of event attendees. "It's something we have to take a look at and say is this going to be sustained; are we at a peak; are we in a valley; where are we, and is this something we can sustain long-term?" says Pearson.

The study is expected to be complete in March.