Annual Report

2017 will be remembered as a significant year in the Mayo Civic Center's history. The Grand Opening of the facilities convention center expansion on May 4, 2017 opened the doors to many new and exciting opportunities.

2017 Highlights

Creating a positive impact

Existing and new customers gave high overall customer satisfaction ratings to the expanded Mayo Civic Center in 2017, and these satisfied customers continued to help drive Rochester's economy. The Mayo Civic Center generated an economic impact on the community of $46 million in 2017. MCC's 297 events were the catalyst for 297,575 total attendees to spend dollars in the community, eat in local restaurants, stay in local hotels, and shop in local retail stores.

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Growth in sales

The 2017 opening of a spacious new ballroom and 16 new meeting rooms, as well as the major renovation of Dr. Charles H. Mayo Presentation Hall, were important achievements that helped position the Mayo Civic Center for growth in sales. These flexible, modern venues helped establish the Mayo Civic Center as a premier destination in the Upper Midwest for meetings, conventions, and entertainment and sporting events. The expanded center enjoyed a strong year in sales in 2017. Notably, food and beverage revenues exceeded expectations.

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Experience Rochester (formerly the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau) is responsible for the sales & marketing of MCC. Sales numbers represent events occurring in 2017 or any future year.

Increasing revenues

Mayo Civic Center's finances were stable in 2017, with a fund balance of $110,000 after local lodging tax support.

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For additional information, see the full 2017 Mayo Civic Center Annual Report.

Public Art

In December, 2017, artist Po Shu Wang oversaw the installation of his much-anticipated public art sculpture on the center's Riverfront Plaza. When weather permitted, the music and light components were added to this interactive art installation. The sculpture was commissioned by the City of Rochester, and Wang was selected as the artist by a Public Art Task Force.

The sculpture became a conversation-starter for community members and events attendees, and the interactivity of the sculpture transformed people from mere spectators to participants in the art. According to the artist: "If people can express themselves and become artists themselves, that's the fun part!"

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