The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is getting a facelift and a new name.

On Monday, Danielle Anderson, President of Mid-Hudson Civic Center Inc., announced the founder and CEO of Gas Land Petroleum, Majed Nesheiwat, has purchased the naming rights for the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.

The center will be renamed the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center.

“I have always thought it was important to give back to the community. I came to Poughkeepsie at the age of 15 from Jordan, Nesheiwat said in a press release. "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."

There are also plans to revitalize the civic center. Rehabilitation will start in 2018 with a structural facelift and grounds beautification, officials say.

The hope is the construction will bring back the former glory of the civic center with a fresh and modern look, according to a press release.

“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," Anderson said. "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.”

The McCann Ice Arena and Mair Hall located within the current Mid-Hudson Civic Center will keep their current names.

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