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:
from 89,710 to 142,000
Economic impact has grown by
to $58 million annually
Employment more than doubled to over
The ethnic demographics changed from majority white to
Funds raised at Meydenbauer Center increased
from $2.4 million in 1998 to $9.1 million today