Public Employees Federation citywide convention brings business to region

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Mon, Oct 17th 2022 12:15 pm

Destination Niagara USA and the Niagara Falls Convention Center will welcome the 44th annual Public Employees Federation (PEF) convention from Sunday, Oct. 23, through Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Since 1979, PEF has been certified as the collective bargaining agent for the members of the professional, scientific and technical units of New York state. Today, it represents more than 50,000 workers in job titles including nurses, accountants, engineers and hundreds more.

The convention is expected to draw approximately 1,000 attendees to Niagara Falls, with attendees staying at four host hotels in the immediate downtown area. Sessions and meetings will primarily take place at the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy meals on their own at local businesses in the area. The estimated economic impact for this event is more than $1.5 million.

Destination Niagara USA President and CEO John Percy said, “Niagara Falls USA was the host city for PEF in 2021, as well, and we are happy to welcome them back for the second year in a row. Their repeat business is evidence of the quality of service provided by the Niagara Falls Convention Center and other businesses downtown, and it brings a vital economic boost to the destination, too.”

In addition to the economic impact of hosting the PEF convention, organizers have included a community service component to the event. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Niagara Falls Convention Center will host a Connect Life blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so attendees may donate blood in their free time.

The mission of Destination Niagara USA is to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara Falls USA communities by generating individual and group visitation. For more information, visit niagarafallsusa.com.

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