SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A Hudson Valley-based company has been awarded a contract to book major events at the new Exposition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that Saugerties-based HITS, Inc., won the open bidding by providing a unique plan to attract a variety of events to the venue located in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes.

The Democrat's office says the special events management company in Ulster County manages year-round events across the nation, including consumer shows and endurance events.

The Expo Center is part of the state's ongoing $120 million plan to improve the fairgrounds. The facility features 4,000 retractable seats and room for 500 exhibit booths. It's designed to host car, boat, trade and home and garden shows, and pet and tech expos.

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