POUGHKEEPSIE – Successful businessman and Jordanian immigrant Majed “Mitch” Nesheiwat, founder and CEO of Gas Land Petroleum, has purchased the naming rights for the Mid-Hudson Civic Center for an undisclosed price. The influx of cash will allow for long-overdue renovations to be performed at the Poughkeepsie facility. The rehabilitation, set to begin in 2019 will start with a structural face-lift and grounds restoration.
The center containing the McCann Ice Arena and Mair Hall will be renamed the “Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center.” On purchasing the rights, Nesheiwat who moved to Poughkeepsie from Jordan at the age of 15, said “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.”
Nesheiwat claims that his first thrilling experience in life took place at the civic center when he attended a live wrestling match at the facility.
According to MHCC President Danielle Anderson, “the naming rights
are part of a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted investment of sponsors.”
Board Chairman Michael McCormack said “many people are aware of the outstanding economic impact the Nesheiwats have completed around the Hudson Valley including buildings, plazas, gas stations and 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.”
The Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc. is a non-profit community organization that consists of the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center and McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie along with Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh. The Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Orange County is also under the civic center’s umbrella.