EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCHARLESTON RECEIVES BOOST
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Capital City To Host Events With $3.1 Million Economic Impact
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 4, 2012 5:20 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 6:06 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston has been chosen to host a convention and conference that combined will have more than a $3.1 million economic impact on the capital city.
The city has been selected to be the site of the 2014 National Marine Corps Convention and the 2017 Enlisted Association of National Guard of the United States Conference, according to a news release from the Charleston West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, Convention & Visitors Bureau staff members Alisa Bailey and Todd Morris and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams presented the winning bid to the Marine Corps League in August. Members of the organization voted more than 800-to-30 in favor of Charleston during its national meeting.
The Marine Corps League National Convention is projected to have a more than $1.7 million economic impact and at least 1,000 participants. Also in August, Jones and CVB staff Samantha Carney and Rekko Patton pitched the city during the 41st annual conference of the Enlisted Association of National Guard of the United States.
Nearly 1,800 participants are expected to attend in 2017, and as a result have a $1.4 million economic impact on the city. The annual convention was held in Charleston in 2011 and broke the organization’s record for attendance with more than 1,700 participants.
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