The convention center is home to prominent conventions, such as [[Anthrocon]], the [http://www.pghrvshow.com Pittsburgh RV Show], [http://www.pittsburghboatshow.com Pittsburgh Boat Show], [http://www.pghhome.com Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show], [http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/pit/community/piratefest.jsp?partnerId=2006hp_clubpromo_pit_fest&affiliateID=2006hp_clubpromo_pit_fest Piratefest], and the acclaimed [http://www.pittsburghauto.org Pittsburgh International Auto Show].
== Naming ==
The center—though completely a structure of 2003 construction—chose to retain the name of the earlier convention center on the site completed in 1981 in honor of [[David L. Lawrence|David Leo Lawrence]] (June 18, 1889—November 21, 1966). Lawrence was an American politician who served as the Democratic [[Governor of Pennsylvania]] from 1959 to 1963, only retiring because of the state's then term limit of 1 per governor. He is to date the only [[mayor of Pittsburgh]] to be elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Previously, he had been the longest tenured mayor of Pittsburgh (1946-1959) and the primary force behind Pittsburgh's urban renewal projects including the [[Mellon Arena]], , [[Fort Pitt Tunnel]] and [[Point State Park]]. He was Pennsylvania's first Catholic Governor (at the time a major breakthrough for an Irish Catholic), and a major force in the national [[Democratic Party (United States)|]] from the 1930s to the 1960s. Historians credit him with among other behind-the-scenes labors, leading a compromise at the 1944 National Democratic Convention that eventually made [[Harry Truman]] president. As well as healing a divided national convention of 1960 that resulted in the [[John F. Kennedy]]/[[Lyndon B. Johnson]] ticket, it is for these reasons as well as his work in the state and the city that he was dubbed "kingmaker" by party leaders.