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Proposed new name for Waterloo convention center pays tribute to Sullivan Brothers

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The City of Waterloo and Leslie Hospitality Company proposed today that the square block, where the Waterloo convention center resides, will be dedicated as Sullivan Brothers Plaza and incorporated into the convention center's new name as Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza.

In a news release, Kelly Sullivan, a spokesperson for the Sullivan Family, said:

“We are very pleased with the naming of Sullivan Brothers Plaza” says Kelly Sullivan, spokesperson for the Sullivan Family. “Leslie Hospitality and Mayor Hart have done everything possible to accommodate our requests. We are pleased that the Convention Center complex will continue to pay tribute to the Five Sullivan Brothers as well as honor all veterans of our armed forces.” 

According to the release, Mayor Hart met with Edwin Leslie, President and CEO of Leslie Hospitality, and representatives of the Sullivan family, including Kelly Sullivan and former Mayor John Rooff. The purpose of the meeting was to assure the Sullivan family and their supporters, that tribute to the Five Sullivan Brothers would continue with the transfer of the building's ownership to the developer. 

“Designating the grounds of the convention center Sullivan Brothers Plaza will ensure that the property will always honor the sacrifice of the Sullivan Brothers and their families," says Mayor Hart. “The Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza will honor the Sullivans and be a living monument to all the brave men and women who valiantly defend our country. In addition to individual meetings with Kelly and her father, at my request Mr. Edwin Leslie was happy to drive back to Waterloo from Omaha to meet with the Sullivans in person.  Leslie Hospitality has demonstrated their commitment to be a community partner, investing in our city’s progress while honoring the legacy of the Sullivan Brothers and all of our veterans.”  

A monument paying tribute to the Sullivans will be constructed on the Plaza by Leslie Hospitality. 

The Waterloo City Council will discuss the final plan in their city council meeting on July 17. 

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