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Lynnwood Convention Center gets new operator

LYNNWOOD, Wash., February 8, 2022 – The Lynnwood Public Facilities District (LPFD) is excited to announce a new internationally recognized operator for the Lynnwood Convention Center along with a new “vision for success”.

In June 2021, the LPFD engaged Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to support a mandatory request for proposal process for the operator contract of the Lynnwood Convention Center, upon the expiration of the current contract. Oak View Group Facilities LLC (OVG) was selected and began operations on February 1, 2022.

“We are excited to deliver a series of unprecedented services, support, and results in Lynnwood” said Peter Luukko, Chairman, Oak View Group Facilities. “With the support of our content partners, industry resources, and team at the nearby Climate Pledge Arena, we look forward to working closely with the Public Facilities District in seeking new opportunities to fill the convention center.”

More Information about Oak View Group Facilities

Peter Luukko, Chairman, Oak View Group Facilities

Oak View Group Facilities is successful in delivering new event content and programming opportunities for its clients. The company is experiencing a 587% growth since 2018. OVG Facilities recently opened the Seattle Kraken’s Climate Pledge Arena.

Oak View Group Facilities recently acquired Spectra, one of the industry’s leading venue management and hospitality providers, to create one world-class, full-service live events company.

The new combined organization will serve current and future clients with a complete array of venue and hospitality services, including powerful booking advocacy; innovative, customized food & beverage experiences; award-winning sales & marketing support; cutting-edge public health and public safety solutions; unmatched leadership in sustainable, green operations; and analytic insights that will enable smarter and faster operational decisions.

A New Vision for Success

In conjunction with this opportunity, the LPFD and JLL have developed a new roadmap and a community-based approach to defining success to improve this vital Lynnwood and Snohomish County asset. New critical measurements will include environmental stewardship, a commitment to local business, increased inclusive support for everyone in our community and more.

“We believe the time is now to broaden the view of success” said LPFD ED Janet Pope. “The Convention Center is an asset that drives economic impact and enriches the lives of our citizens. We are excited about working with Oak View Group Facilities and JLL in pursuit of these new lofty goals”.

The public is encouraged to meet our new partners from OVG at our unveiling of the new sculpture in front of the Lynnwood Convention Center on February 14th, 2022 at 11 am. Attendees will hear from Mayor Christine Frizzell and artist BK Choi, about our new civic symbol of hope and inclusiveness for our city. More information for this event can be found at www.Ilovelynnwood.com. More details regarding OVG and the LPFD’s plans for the future of the property surrounding the Convention Center will be released soon.

Lynnwood Public Facilities District Mission

The Lynnwood Public Facilities District shall serve as an economic catalyst for the community through the development of public facilities.

Lynnwood Public Facilities District Vision

The Public Facilities District shall be a cornerstone for the City of Lynnwood’s revitalization through its development efforts and the professional operation of its facilities.

The Public Facilities District shall provide leadership and vision in all of its activities for the citizens of Lynnwood and South Snohomish County, so as to provide a valuable addition to the economic vitality of the region and a sense of pride for the community.

Lynnwood Public Facilities District Goals

Develop the structures on this property to frame a “front door” to Lynnwood’s downtown core. Enhance current facilities including the Lynnwood Convention Center and its surrounding properties ̶  to provide inviting hospitality and retail destinations for associations, organizations and the greater Puget Sound community to utilize.

Employ this space to provide economic development, growth, and public benefit for Lynnwood and the surrounding region.

Provide opportunity for municipal, non-profit, and business organizations to utilize these facilities in support of good for the greater community.

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