New Conference Center Opens in El Dorado

Zoie Clift


The new El Dorado
Conference Center is officially open. The formal dedication and ribbon cutting
took place last week and guest speakers included El Dorado Mayor Frank Hash,
Murphy Oil President David Wood, South Arkansas Community College President Dr.
Barbara Jones and Arkansas District 6 Rep. Matthew Shepherd. I attended the
opening and was also present at the groundbreaking of the center in October of
2009, where Governor Mike Beebe and then El Dorado Mayor Mike Dumas were among
those present.

The $17 million facility seats
up to 1000 (banquet seating), theater seating for up to 2,500 and is home to
the 12,000 square-foot Murphy Convention Hall. “This project will connect the
South Arkansas Community College and our historic downtown, joining two of our
best assets in ways yet unimagined,” said El Dorado Mayor Mike Dumas during his
2009 speech.  “The groundbreaking
marks a historic day as El Dorado initiates one of the largest municipal
projects in the history of our city.” 
During the dedication ceremony (of which former El Dorado Mayor Mike
Dumas was present) Murphy Oil President David Wood cut the ribbon to welcome
the center to the city. For more details on the center visit

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