Rochester wants civic center funding back in bonding bill

Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brad Jones said without bonding money to remodel the Mayo Civic Center, his city will lose convention business. There's no indication money for the Rochester project will be put back into the bonding bill, MPR says.
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Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Brad Jones said without bonding money to remodel the Mayo Civic Center, his city will lose convention business. There's no indication money for the Rochester project will be put back into the bonding bill, MPR says.

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