• Teachers Head to Atlantic City

     
    POSTED November 5, 2015
     

Today and tomorrow, the Atlantic City Convention Center is welcoming more than 45,000 teachers and educational professionals for the 2015 New Jersey Education Association Convention.

The association hosts this event yearly for members to network with fellow industry professionals and further themselves in their education-based knowledge through more than 300 seminars, workshops and programs.

“Our New Jersey Teachers are back! The NJEA event continues to make a direct impact on the Atlantic City economy, as the restaurants and shops are filled with teachers in between their sessions.” Says Karen Totaro, general manager, Comcast Spectator at the Atlantic City Convention Center. “We love having them in town, and it is the largest actual convention we host on an annual bases, which is great for business.”

Local business are expected to greatly benefit from the convention with an estimated attendee spending of more than $16 million. More than 2,000 hotel room nights have been contracted for visitors throughout the week. The event boasts the largest attendance of the year of all events hosted at the convention center.

“The New Jersey Education Association has been one of the biggest supporters and dedicated clients of Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Convention Center throughout the years,” says Jim Wood, president/CEO, Meet AC. “With 45,000 attendees, the local business thrive off of their event every year, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with NJEA in the future.”

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here