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Shifting your mindset from adversity to ambition isn’t an easy thing to do, but during PCMA Convening Leaders opening main stage, executive Steve Pemberton and social activist Nadya Okamoto say it’s not impossible. Leading the discussion on overcoming adversity and turning strife into testimonies, the morning keynote set the tone for a day of learning.

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All three panelists on stage at PCMA Convening Leaders outlined the scope of the related problems of homelessness with grim statistics. More than 550,000 people are homeless in the U.S., and more than 200,000 sleep outside or in places that are unfit for human habitation nightly. The session was focused not just on the issues, but on solutions coming from the business events industry.

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With more than 175 events a year, the iconic Javits Center is so popular that some international and national shows simply cannot come to New York because there are no available dates in a given year. The addition of more than one million square feet to the convention center is not enough to meet the industry demands New York faces each year.

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PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The Code is a set of business principles to prevent and eradicate trafficking and exploitation of children. The signing of The Code was announced during the association’s annual Convening Leaders conference.

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The ongoing federal government partial shutdown is impacting the hospitality and travel industries, and the effects will get worse as it goes on, industry associations say. Those effects range from reductions in federal employees’ travel to the shuttering of the agency that approves small business loans.

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It takes a team effort to decide on and implement changes at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, says executive director Christopher Stephens. Throughout the past 10 years and into the future, the convention center staff strives to improve and modernize the facility that welcomes more than a million guests annually with input from all levels of management.

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The problem of underrepresentation in the technology industry has long been a subject of conversation and controversy. With CES 2019 only a week away, the lineup of keynote speakers and overall presenters at the conference shows that the Consumer Technology Association has been paying attention.

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A state representative for Fort Bend County has introduced a bill in the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature that would allow the city of Richmond to capture sales, hotel and mixed-beverage tax revenue to fund a hotel/convention center. District 85 State Representative Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, introduced House Bill number 486 on December, 2018.

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Developer Fifth Avenue Landing filed its lawsuit against the city of San Diego in October 2017, claiming the city prevented the development of the two-acre property that it controlled in order to pursue an expansion of the Convention Center on the same site. The city and developer finalized the settlement on November 15, 2018.

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The Department of City Planning, which was behind the push to amend the zoning text, said it was necessary to make the change since there has been unfettered hotel development in M1 zones. The number of hotel rooms in Queens, New York have nearly doubled in the past decade, according to City Planning, New York.

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