Gov. Janet Napolitano will be among the dignitaries when Northern Arizona University, the city of Flagstaff and Drury Hotels officially break ground on their joint hotel-conference center complex on north campus.

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in front of North Union/Prochnow Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Representatives of the Arizona Board of Regents, the city of Flagstaff and Drury will join NAU President John Haeger and the governor for the ceremony marking the start of the 41,000-square-foot conference center and 150-room hotel near Butler Avenue and Milton Road. The complex also will contain a parking structure.

Missouri-based Drury recently was recognized in the J.D. Power & Associates North American Guest Satisfaction Index Study as the top chain among “mid-scale, limited service” hotels.

Consultants have projected the conference center could generate an additional $7 million annually in economic development for Flagstaff.