Press Release
Joint Task Force
June 10, 2019

Joint Task Force Provides Recommendation for Future Development of Lynnwood Convention Center Location
LYNNWOOD, WA (Monday, June 10, 2019) – The City of Lynnwood and the Lynnwood Public Facilities District (PFD) jointly selected a Task Force to explore future ideas for the property owned by the PFD. The Task Force was comprised of local community members with knowledge and interest in the future growth and development of the PFD and Lynnwood City Center. Task Force members met with facilitator Andrew Ballard of Marketing Solutions during six visioning sessions before presenting four property development ideas. The top-ranked recommendation from the Task Force is that the PFD build an Exhibition Hall and Flex-Space that would enhance visitor experience and provide for opportunities such as musical performances, trade shows, cultural performances, and more.

“The City created the Public Facilities District 20 years ago to build and successfully operate the Lynnwood Convention Center,” stated Mayor Nicola Smith. “The Lynnwood Convention Center continues to be an important piece of our city’s economic and community vibrancy, and this Task Force report begins the exciting process of planning for future opportunities for the PFD and our community.”.

“The PFD thanks the Task Force for its innovative ideas,” said Board Chair George Sherwin. “Our region is changing rapidly and the PFD should participate in this growth and change by further developing its property.”

Members of the Task Force included: Susan Hempstead, Yun Hong, Linda Jones, Steve McGraw, Mary Monroe, Paul Richards, Shawn Walker, Diana White, Andy Williams, Max Wilson, Beth Woolley and Carl Zapora. The Task Force’s work was facilitated by Andrew Ballard of Marketing Solutions. The full Task Force Recommendation Report can be viewed by visiting the Lynnwood Public Facilities District Website

About City of Lynnwood
Incorporated in 1959, Lynnwood is the economic hub of South Snohomish County. Situated at the convergence of interstates I-5 and I-405, Lynnwood’s accessibility, variety of housing and employment options, colleges and outstanding park system attract a wide variety of businesses and residents. For its diverse population of more than 38,000, Lynnwood is a great place to live, work and play. Lynnwood’s Community Vision calls for our city to be a regional model for a sustainable, vibrant community with engaged citizens and accountable government. Lynnwood is committed to being a safe, welcoming, and equitable community for all people. This is an exciting time for Lynnwood with major development projects underway, the future arrival of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Extension, and the continued success of the Lynnwood Convention Center.

About Lynnwood Public Facilities District
Formed in 1999, the Lynnwood Public Facilities District is governed by a Board of five members appointed by the Lynnwood City Council. The District retains SMG to manage the facility.

About Lynnwood Convention Center   
Opened in 2005 in Lynnwood, Washington, the Lynnwood Convention Center is situated in the heart of Washington's ae rospace, high tech and bio-med corridor. Conveniently located near I-5, I-405 and Hwy 99, the Center offers individualized meeting spaces with full onsite audiovisual and electrical support, and first class, 5-star resort quality in-house catering. For more information, visit .
About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit
Julie Moore, Public Affairs Officer
City of Lynnwood

Grant Dull, Executive Director
Lynnwood Public Facilities District                 

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