POUGHKEEPSIE — Danielle Anderson, president of Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc. announced that the founder and CEO of Gas Land Petroleum, Majed Nesheiwat, has purchased the naming rights for the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Plans have been put forth to revitalize the civic center to a place the community will once again be proud of. Rehabilitation of the civic center will begin in 2019 starting with a structural facelift and grounds beautification to bring back the former glory of the civic center with a fresh and modern look. The center is to be renamed the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center. The McCann Ice Arena and Mair Hall located within the current Mid-Hudson Civic Center will retain its current name.
“I have always thought it was important to give back to the community. I came to Poughkeepsie at the age of 15 from Jordan. With hard work and opportunity, I built my business and raised my family here. As a teenager, my first thrilling experience in life was at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, when I went to watch a live wrestling match. I have countless happy memories here and now my children and grandchildren are creating their own memories here. I love this community and I feel like it is only right to give back, especially after all it has given me. This opportunity with the civic center is the perfect way for us to do that. My family and I are looking forward to working with the civic center and serving our community for many years to come.” Stated Majed “Mitch” Nesheiwat, Founder and CEO of Gas Land Petroleum.
Anderson added “This is such an exciting time for the entire Hudson Valley. With the investment from Majed Nesheiwat, the downtown Poughkeepsie area will witness an absolute renaissance. We are ready for a rebirth of the iconic [Mid-Hudson] Civic Center. The Nesheiwat investment will enable the center to bring back the glory of the civic center’s past with an updated look and more importantly, a much more memorable experience for our guests. This investment offers a great promise to the continued efforts of the board and staff of the center.”
Michael McCormack, Chairman of the Board for the Civic Center stated “Many people are aware of the outstanding economic impact the Nesheiwat’s have completed around the Hudson Valley including buildings, plazas, gas stations and countless other structures. The commitment to the community and to Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc. by Majed Nesheiwat will enable the center to continue its mission.”