Meydenbauer Center Celebrates 25 Years in Bellevue

In the 25 years Meydenbauer Center has been part of Bellevue, it’s been a central character in the Eastside’s event scene, having hosted more than 4 million guests and raised more than $130 million for charitable organizations.

Bob Wallace, CEO of Wallace Properties and an early supporter of building a convention center, said, “In 1993, we had a few hotels and knew that attracting larger groups was essential in order for the visitor industry to grow in Bellevue. Now, we’ve become a major destination for events and large group business thanks to the early wisdom of many in the city.”

To commemorate the years since its opening, officials from the convention center put together a few highlights.

Bellevue’s Growth by the Numbers:

Population grew

59%

from 89,710 to 142,000


Economic impact has grown by

365%

to $58 million annually


Employment more than doubled to over

50,000


The ethnic demographics changed from majority white to

majority nonwhite.


Funds raised at Meydenbauer Center increased

379%

from $2.4 million in 1998 to $9.1 million today


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