Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2021

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B M & T ••• November/December 2021 ••• 8 tion space offers the ultimate in versatility, functionality, and style. But planners deserve more. More space for larger and simultaneous events. More flexible areas to accommodate events of all scales. More access for loading and unloading. More modern facilities to inspire innovation. "Groups have already booked events in the expanded convention center, and we have received a lot of interest from organizers interest- ed in hosting their events in the new space," said Leslie Johnson, vice president of sales for VISIT Milwaukee. "We are strongly encour- aging meeting, convention, and event planners to start making plans today for their Wisconsin Center bookings in 2024 and beyond." Pictured from left to right: City of Milwaukee Development Commissioner Lafayette Crump, Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin, Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan, WCD President and CEO Marty Brooks, WCD Board Chair Jim Kanter, Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, WCD Board Member and Milwaukee Fourth District Alderman Bob Bauman, VISIT Milwaukee Board Chair and Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall, VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Peggy Williams-Smith T he Pennsylvania Convention Center announced recently that it has received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR reaccreditation, following a comprehensive evaluation process of its cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention protocols over the past year. The annual GBAC STAR reaccreditation process focused on the Center's program development, through a cycle of continuous evaluation and improvement, to ensure the facility remains effective at maintaining and delivering a program that supports a clean, safe and healthy environment for workers and guests. "The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority is proud to have earned the GBAC STAR reaccredita- tion. Receiving this reaffirms the Center's commitment to the health, safety and security of all who enter the facility," said Gregory J. Fox, Esq., Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. As an ASM Global managed facility, the Pennsylvania Convention Center developed its Reopening Operating Framework during the pandemic based on the principles and protocols included in ASM Global's VenueShield program, a best-in-class program developed in partnership with leading professionals, industry experts, and public health officials in response to the pandemic. That framework, coupled with the Center's investment in environmental hygiene tech- nologies, led to the facility receiving the GBAC STAR reaccreditation. PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER ACHIEVES GBAC STAR REACCREDITATION

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