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City Seeks Interest from Potential Event Centre Partners


June 28, 2013 – As approved by Council in November 2012, as part of the Phase 3 Feasibility for the proposed Event Centre, the City of Thunder Bay is issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from potential business partners and/or investors.

PricewaterhouseCoopers are working with the City on the RFEI process. The RFEI seeks third parties to potentially partner with the City in the operation, programming or financing of the facility, including the Spectator Arena and Convention Centre components, as well as other services including a restaurant and catering provider.

The RFEI also seeks third-party owners or investors who are interested in occupying the facility as an anchor tenant.

“The RFEI will help the City gauge, and potentially secure, private sector interest in the Event Centre which will be an important piece of the puzzle for the project to proceed to a ‘project ready’ stage,” said Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities, Fleet & Transit Services.

Phase 3 also includes funding applications to the Federal and Provincial governments and the development of a final business plan which will confirm capital and operating costs for the facility.

To view the RFEI, go to www.thunderbay.ca/bids

For more information about the proposed Thunder Bay Event Centre, visit www.thunderbay.ca/eventcentre

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Contact: Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities, Fleet & Transit Services, cell: 807-631-7793