Welcome to the Jackson Convention Complex:
Where Mississippi Meets the World!
Opened in 2009, the Jackson Convention Complex is a convention, trade show and multi-purpose event facility owned by the Capitol City Convention Center Commission and operated by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. The Complex’s primary objective is to promote and facilitate events and activities that generate economic benefits to the City of Jackson and Hinds County.
A LEED® Certified facility, the Complex features 330,000 square feet of flexible exhibit, ballroom and meeting space and is located in the heart of downtown Jackson … Mississippi’s capital city and the heart of Southern hospitality. This beautiful facility also offers first-rate amenities, state of the art technologies, resort quality service, and in-house catering services provided by SAVOR…Jackson.
“We were amazed by the size and all of the space. Everything from the staff at the door greeting us
to the entertainment was great.”-Shundra McAllister, Catch 22 Foundation
A Brief History
On November 2, 2004, pursuant to the enabling legislation, 66% of the voters of the City of Jackson approved the construction of a convention center. It was an historic event and a turning point for our Mississippi’s Capital City. The enabling legislation created a commission to oversee the business involved with construction, purchasing, marketing, managing, and operating the convention center. The nine-member Commission was to include representatives from the hotel, restaurant, and business communities, and three at-large members, one of whom is appointed by the governor. The Mayor of the City of Jackson appoints the other eight members, six of whom are from a list of nominees submitted by the hotel, restaurant, and business communities. Beginning in March 2005, the nine-member commission was appointed.
The Commission acquired the site, hired the architect, Dale and Associates, and awarded the construction contract to a joint venture, Fountain Construction/Major Associates. It hired IMS Engineers as the owner’s representative to oversee the project. This team, along with the Commission attorney, Charlene Priester, served to complete the project on time and under budget.
After a nationwide competitive search, the Commission engaged SMG to manage the facility. The Commission also negotiated the transfer of the adjoining Mississippi Telecommunications Center to its ownership in order to create a seamless complex—the 330,000-square-foot convention complex, opened on January 9, 2009. It is truly a place where Mississippi meets the world and the world meets Mississippi. It has served—and will continue to serve—as a catalyst for economic growth for the City of Jackson and surrounding communities.