Philadelphia-based facility management firm Global Spectrum has named Andy Long as GM for the new Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Long will report to Global Spectrum regional director Brett Mi

Philadelphia-based facility management firm Global Spectrum has named Andy Long as GM for the new Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Long will report to Global Spectrum regional director Brett Mitchell.

In related news, Global Spectrum's interim contract for management of the Iowa Events Center was approved today (June 2) by the Polk County Board of Supervisors, owners of the public facility. A long-term contract between Global and the county is currently being negotiated.

Long, an Iowa native and 15-year industry veteran, joins Global Spectrum from the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pa., where he served as the facility's GM since l999. Prior to that, Long was director of marketing at the North Charleston Coliseum (l994-99), Charleston, SC.

The $217-million Iowa Events Center consists of the new 17,000-seat multipurpose Wells Fargo Arena, now under construction and scheduled to open in the summer of 2005; the new Hy-Vee Hall with 115,000-square feet of exhibition space and meeting rooms that will open in the fall of 2004; Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the existing 11,000-seat arena; and the Polk County Convention Complex, known as "The Plex," with a combined 63,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.

Long will oversee the day-to-day operations of all four components of the Iowa Events Center, including booking and scheduling events, marketing, advertising, sales and promotions.