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Two D.C. Groups Pick Anchorage for Meetings


Anchorage, Alaska – Dec. 3, 2010 – Two groups based in the Washington, D.C. area have selected Anchorage as the site of future meetings. The National Indian Health Board will come to the city in the fall of 2011, and the Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) has picked Anchorage for their 2012 meeting.

The National Indian Health Board will hold its annual consumer conference in Anchorage Sept. 12-15, 2011. Expected to bring 500 delegates to the city, the conference has an estimated economic impact of $487,000.

The COF will hold the U.S. Public Health Service Scientific & Training Symposium in Anchorage May 19-25, 2012.  Approximately 1,200 people are expected to attend, bringing an estimated economic impact of $2.1 million. The COF announced they had selected Anchorage days after a visit with ACVB convention sales manager Helen Thomas at the group’s Maryland headquarters.

“A couple days after I returned [to Anchorage], I received an e-mail saying Anchorage had been selected for May 2012, and they were ready for contracts,” said Thomas. “If we had not been there, we wouldn’t have been able to get the chit-chat information that was needed to close the gap between our proposal and the other most competitive city and as a result, win the bid.”

This is not the first time the COF has selected Anchorage as a meeting site.

“The same group was here in 2004 and very successful,” said Thomas. “Return meetings are our best testimonials.”

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