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Anchorage Wins 2017 International Right of Way Association Meeting


Anchorage, Alaska – June 15, 2012 – Anchorage will host the June 2017 meeting of the International Right of Way Association, also known as IRWA. The group made the announcement as they wrapped up their 2012 meeting in Seattle, Wash. Approximately 1,000 members of the association are expected to attend the Annual International Education Conference in Anchorage June 6-16, 2017, bringing an estimated economic impact of more than $1.9 million dollars to the city.

Visit Anchorage Vice President of Convention Sales Jim Henderson and Convention Sales Manager Andrea Schmidt, along with a group of very enthusiastic Alaska IRWA members, were on hand to make the final pitch to bring the meeting to Anchorage. Competition was fierce, but in the end, Anchorage won the day.

“Andrea’s win caps years of working with the association: showing the group what Alaska has to offer, wowing them with the city’s convention centers and making sure we stayed top-of-mind at decision time,” said Julie Dodds, Visit Anchorage Convention Sales Director. “We’ll work with IRWA in the years prior to the meeting to make sure their event is successful and that each member knows what they can see and do during their visit.”

This is the second time IRWA has selected Anchorage to host their Annual International Education Conference; the first was in 1997. The group is comprised of professionals concerned with the right of way issues such as easements for utilities or property usage for roadways. The group’s membership includes members of federal, state and local government agencies, private energy companies, engineering firms, lawyers, appraisers and surveyors.

Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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