Meetings Give Back: CSR Events Benefit Communities
- More than 230 college admission professionals from around the country met in Las Vegas July 23- 26 for Guiding the Way to Inclusion, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. GWI offers enrollment and admission professionals an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to campus diversity and multicultural recruitment and promotes in-depth understanding of college enrollment processes and personal and professional growth. A highlight of the three-day meeting was a service project on July 23 to support Clark County students. Workshop participants assembled 500 college kits that will be distributed through the United Way of Southern Nevadan to local students. In addition, Jesse Welsh, Clark County assistant superintendent of instructional design and professional learning, joined a panel discussion with other Las Vegas education leaders, including James McCoy, associate vice president for academic affairs at the College of Southern Nevada; Manny Lamarre, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation; and Erica Mosca, executive director of Leaders in Training.
- Nearly 10,000 members of America’s oldest service organization founded by college-trained African-American women converged in Las Vegas July 13-16 for Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Incorporated’s Biennial Leadership Seminar. Beyond leadership training, the sorority left its mark during the conference by donating thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies, seasonal wraps, and toiletry items to HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center and Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. In addition, participants: packaged 50,000 meals for the undernourished around the globe, which will be donated to Rise Against Hunger; donating non-perishable food items to Serve Our Kids; and performed 1,908 dance steps for the National Alliance on Mental Health to demonstrate the sorority’s commitment to improve the lives of people with mental illness, as well as taking the stigma-free pledge. AKA also dedicated benches in three Southern Nevada parks – Lorenzi Park, Heritage Park and Craig Ranch Regional Park.
- The Clean Show is the largest textile care exposition in the world that features working equipment and industry education, and was held in Las Vegas June 5-8. In partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation, Clean Show hosted a Free Laundry Day event at Las Vegas Coin Laundry. The event also included educational activities supporting the foundation’s mission to aid childhood literacy.<o:p></o:p>
- In 2016, Las Vegas experienced a record-breaking 42.9 million visitors.
- An all-time high 6.3 million delegates attended 22,000 meetings,conventions and trade shows in 2016.
- Las Vegas is home to 3 of the 10 largest convention centers in North America and encompasses more than 11 million square feet of meeting/convention space.
- Las Vegas has been named the No. 1 trade show destiantion for 23 consecutive years by Trade Show News Network, and has hosted 57 of the 250 largest shows.
- The meetings and convention industry support 85,000 jobs and generates more than $12.4 billion annually in economic impact.