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ACVB Names Jeffrey Miller as Meeting Champion

UAA Professor helps bring four conferences to Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska - Oct. 20, 2010 - The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) named Jeffrey Miller, phD, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Professor of Computer Systems Engineering as its meeting champion.  Miller's assistance helped secure four separate Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) meetings for Anchorage. Combined, these meetings have an estimated economic impact of more than $3,157,000.

ACVB recognizes local individuals or organizations as meeting champions for outstanding efforts that have helped bring a large piece of national or international convention business to Anchorage.  September 2009 saw the first of the IEEE meetings Miller assisted with, the Vehicular Technology Conference.  The International Conference on Robotics & Automation took place in early May. The IEEE Systems Man & Cybernetics and Intelligent Transportation Systems conferences are set for October 2011 and September 2012 respectively. It is expected that nearly 3,000 delegates will visit Anchorage to take part in the four IEEE meetings.

"Organizing a conference of this size is a tremendous amount of work. The ACVB staff worked tirelessly and diligently to ensure a seamless experience for delegates," said Miller. "I've heard from many conference attendees about how great the convention facilities, the city of Anchorage and the state of Alaska were to visit. And so far, our conventions in Anchorage have attracted an average of 30 percent more people than the same conferences in other cities! I look forward to continuing to work with ACVB to bring more IEEE conferences to Anchorage."

Miller has taught in the Computer Systems Engineering Program at UAA since 2007 and has been a member of the IEEE for nearly 10 years. During that time, he has served as an associate editor for IEEE publications and chaired the Vehicular Technology Conference.  Miller currently serves on the Board of Governors for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.

"We depend on community leads when we pursue national meetings and conventions business," said Julie Dodds, ACVB's director of convention sales. "Our Meetings Champions bring us their leads and help us build relationships with national and international organizations, and bring that big business to Anchorage."

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau's (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB's marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality's general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. 2010 marks ACVB's 35th year of bringing business to Anchorage. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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