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Jun 21, 2011 2:43 PM by John Romero

Gaylord complex to create 1,800 jobs when complete

DENVER (AP) - Officials at a Nashville-based entertainment and hospitality company say the convention center they're planning to build in the Denver suburb of Aurora will rival the ritzy hotels of Las Vegas.

The chairman and chief executive officer of Gaylord Entertainment, Colin Reed, spoke about the Western-themed project Tuesday in Aurora. He said the complex will create about 2,000 construction jobs and 1,800 permanent jobs when it's complete.

The city of Aurora has approved an incentive package to help build the $800 million complex.

The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is expected to move to a facility near the planned complex. However, stock show organizers and Gaylord don't have a deal or a contract yet.

Gaylord's flagship property is the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

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