Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
MEET Las Vegas, a three-story events center downtown equipped with innovative lighting and technology, celebrated its grand opening Tuesday.
Jodie Rocco, 51, of Las Vegas said she has been waiting for the facility at South 4th Street and Bridger Avenue to open for four years.
“It’s just a beautiful thing,” Rocco said. “It’s Vegas but classy.”
Each floor has different accommodations for conventions and seminars. The first floor has a lounge, while the second and third floors feature meeting rooms and multimedia training areas.
MEET has two computer classrooms with 48 work stations, as well as 2,782 square feet of meeting space. It is decorated with artwork by clients of Opportunity Village, a charity that serves people with intellectual disabilities.
CEO Dan Maddux said he had a vision 10 years ago to create the center downtown.
“I see Las Vegas as the gee-spot,” Maddux said. “People say, gee, its hotels are fabulous and, gee, wasn’t that meal delicious.”
He said the project took three years to complete, but he is excited about its opening.
Some of the facility’s best features are its lighting and technology, Maddux said. It allows guests to use almost any type of electronic device, he said.
The lighting fixtures on the exterior can also be customized.
Maddux said the center was built with Illumivision Light Wave fixtures so people can change the color of the building for branded events. Lights inside the center also change colors and can be customized, he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Oscar Goodman joined Maddux and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Holding a martini, Goodman addressed the crowd and raised his glass to the new venue.
He said the Medical Tourism Association will be holding its annual convention in Las Vegas this year instead of Los Angeles because of new center.
Chamber of Commerce member Fafie Moore said she hopes the center will generate more jobs and increase tourism.
“What happens in Vegas stays Vegas, and we’re going to hope that what happens, happens at MEET,” she said.