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Metro owns and operates the Oregon Convention Center and the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center and operates the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
From home and garden shows to the symphony, manufacturing trade shows to rock concerts, business seminars to antiques shows, Metro's regional arts, convention and exhibition facilities host hundreds of events each year. Chances are you’ve been our guest at least once.
The Oregon Convention Center is the largest convention facility in the Pacific Northwest, hosting more than 12 million visitors since its opening 1990. An average of $450 million is generated annually in economic benefit for the region from the national and international visitors who attend conventions and events at the facility. In 2004, it was first in the nation to be certified LEED-EB by the U.S. Green Building Council, and, in 2008 became the first to be recertified as LEED-EB Silver. Visit the Oregon Convention Center site
The curtain goes up on many of the region's premiere performing arts events at the theaters and halls that make up the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Located in the heart of Portland's cultural district, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, Newmark and Winningstad theatres, and Brunish Hall host world-class performances and entertainers. Visit the Portland Center for the Performing Arts site
Known as “Expo,” the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center is the West Coast's largest public exhibition facility. The center has been a public event venue to generations of visitors who come to enjoy lifestyle and hobby shows, public exhibitions and community events. Expo has undergone extensive renovation and modernization and is now connected to TriMet's Interstate MAX light-rail system, which opened in May 2004. Visit the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center site
Made up of seven business and civic leaders committed to the region's cultural and economic vitality, the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission works to protect the public investment in Metro's visitor venues.
Learn about Metro's convention center hotel project, intended to leverage private investment and development with minimal public resources, to enhance the region's tourism economy. Find important documents and timelines.