Renovations for the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis are now underway. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and other city leaders formally kicked off the project Thursday with a ground-breaking ceremony.
The city will spend more than $160 million to update the 44-year-old building over the next two years. Another $26 million has been set aside to decorate the interior of the building.
A combination of surplus hotel-motel taxes and money from a downtown tourism development zone will help pay the hefty price tag.