Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is backing a plan to renovate and expand the convention center in Ocean City, pledging $20 million in state funds for the project.He said Thursday he would submit 2019 legislation seeking money for the $34 million upgrade, which will be overseen by the Maryland Stadium Authority.Hogan&#8217;s support comes after a legislative effort this spring to secure the funds for the project failed.&#8220;We&#8217;re really excited,&#8221; Hogan said at the announcement in Ocean City. &#8220;It&#8217;s a wonderful facility, but it needs to be expanded and updated.&#8221;The announcement from the governor&#8217;s office did not provide a timeline for the project. The town of Ocean City is expected to contribute $14 million.Backers of the plan say additional space is necessary to keep the facility competitive.Designs call for the addition of 30,000 square feet to the facility&#8217;s existing 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The project also would expand the parking area.The extra space could lead to about 22 additional events a year, up from about 82 annually, according to a 2017 study for the Maryland Stadium Authority.The study also estimated that the expansion would create between 470 and 670 new jobs and generate as much as $67 million in new economic activity.Originally built in 1970, the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center has been expanded twice.