Convention center opens

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A man crosses Reynolds Street in front of the Augusta Convention Center where a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver raises the scissors after cutting the ribbon with Dayton Sherrouse (front row from left), chair of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau; Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC; Darryl Leech, vice president and general manager of Marriott at the Convention Center; and Remer Brinson, chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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People talk after the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Paul Simon, president of the Augusta Riverfront LLC, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Mayor Deke Copenhaver (left) shakes hands with Paul Simon, president of the Augusta Riverfront LLC, after Simon spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Corey Johnson, mayor pro-tem, speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Corey Johnson (from left), mayor pro-tem; Remer Brinson, chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce; Paul Simon, president of Augusta Riverfront LLC; and commissioner Donnie Smith applaud at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Rick Allen, president and CEO of R.W. Allen & Associates, Inc., waves as he is recognized at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Commissioner Donnie Smith speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Dayton Sherrouse, chair of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau; speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Augusta Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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People cross Reynolds Street from the parking deck in front of the Augusta Convention Center where a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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