TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The Tampa Convention Center lost four large events this calendar year - all of them connected to either the federal government shutdown or the sequester - and is looking for ways to reverse the damage.
The Tampa Tribune reports that this year, the center may need a $90,000 bailout from taxpayers when the city closes its books on the current budget next fall.
The events canceled due to the sequester cost the convention center $3.3 million, or more than 30 percent of its 2013 budget. A 4,000-person gathering dedicated to mapping and geographic analysis, was set for October, but was rescheduled due to the shutdown. It threatened to cost another $2 million until city officials rescheduled it for April.
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