Members of 2013 ASADuPont Young Leaders Meet in DC

first_imgSelect members of the 2013 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders met last week in Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, Del. to learn more about the process of developing legislation, increase awareness of how issues are identified and prioritized and gain a better understanding of DuPont.Christopher Worsham (Fla./Ga.), Lynn Rohrscheib and Doug Kirk (Ill.), Howard and Sandy Reyburn (Mid-Atl.), Brian and Kim Fruechte (Minn.), Jeff Heimerl (Ohio), Hunter Grills (Tenn.) and Nick Moody (Va.) participated in ASA’s Legislative Education and Issues Forum and visits to Congressional offices on Capitol Hill before travelling to Wilmington for a tour of DuPont’s Experimental Station and Stine-Haskell Research Center. A tour of the Hagley Museum and Gardens completed the week.“The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has a legacy of developing strong leaders for the soybean industry and all of agriculture,” said Brian Buckallew of Pioneer. “It’s critical that we provide these “young” leaders with the tools they need to maintain a strong agricultural voice.”ASA is currently seeking nominees for the 2014 Class of Young Leaders who will meet at Pioneer’s headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Nov. 19-22, 2013 and continue their training Feb. 25-March 1, 2014 in San Antonio, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic.Applications are being accepted online at One grower or grower couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.A select group of the 2013 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders participated in Part 3, which took them to Wilmington, Del. for tours of DuPont facilities. (ASA photo by Chris Luelf)last_img read more

Car crash survivor uses his story to reach teens

first_imgIn the back of the classroom, Tyler Presnell rhythmically swayed from one side to the other and back again. He was steeling himself against his nerves, preparing to deliver a presentation he’d given at least 100 times before.For nearly a year, Presnell has been speaking to classes at Big John’s Driving School, 14020 N.E. Fourth Plain Road in Vancouver. But on this afternoon, minutes before an address another mind might find as routine as tying a pair of shoes, he was anxious. “I’ve done this numerous times, but I never remember them,” Presnell said on June 30. “It’s different every time.”One speech at a time, Presnell puts his scarred body and damaged mind on display, hoping he can use his gift to spur essential change within the lives of teenage drivers and reform deeply-rooted driving policies.Life-changing wreckPresnell’s trials can be measured in numbers: one violent, life-altering car wreck that led to two stints on life support, six weeks in a coma and more than 21 surgeries that left his body marked by 13 feet of scars. Surviving has turned him into a passionate preacher to teens.“Someone dies in a car accident every 12 minutes,” Presnell, 25, told his congregation at Big John’s. “Someone gets a serious brain injury — way beyond repair — every 15 seconds.last_img read more

State lawmakers starting session with arena bailout talk

first_imgOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State lawmakers are beginning their legislative session with a hearing on a $42 million bailout package for a Wenatchee-area agency.A House committee is scheduled to take up the issue Monday afternoon. State officials fear that a default will ripple across the state and make it more difficult for similar agencies to borrow.The proposal that lawmakers are considering would use a state-managed fund for local taxes to make a key bond payment on Thursday and allow local jurisdictions to pay back over time. The Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District has been unable to pay off short-term debt for the Town Toyota Center arena.Bill sponsors say they have been reluctant to pursue the plan but say it is necessary.last_img read more

Milliondollar mile Expensive section of trail provokes varied reactions

first_imgThe sign at the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail declares it to be nine-tenths of a mile. County officials later clarified it to be slightly longer — 5,257 feet, just 23 feet short of a mile — but let’s just round up and call it a mile.Then add up what Clark County has spent so far on the railroad trail project, and call it a million-dollar mile.The $1 million includes a $228,304 federal grant which paid for a study that launched the entire 33-mile project. The first paved mile, from design to final inspection, cost $801,829, for a total of $1,030,133.The county acknowledges the first segment was more expensive than anticipated, but the price tag hasn’t provoked uniform reactions.This story was first posted Jan. 29 at 7:19 p.m. Click here to see the full story and comments.last_img read more

Live chat Friday with Humane Society about pet adoption

first_imgAre you curious about pet adoption or pet care? Join us this Friday for a live web chat with a representative from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Join us at 12 p.m. Friday April 20 to discuss cute and cuddly animals, what’s involved in adopting them, and how to best care for them.Sign up for an email reminder at, and come back on Friday to participate in the event. Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action.last_img read more

Riverview posts sixth consecutive profitable quarter

first_imgVancouver-based Riverview Bancorp, parent of Riverview Community Bank, has extended its profitability into a sixth consecutive quarter.The bank on Wednesday reported a net income of $801,000, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2014 quarter that ended Dec. 31.Third-quarter income was more than double Riverview’s income of $341,000 in the year’s second fiscal quarter. In its third fiscal quarter one year ago, Riverview reported $1 million in income.For the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, Riverview has reported $2.8 million in net income, compared to $1 million in the same three-quarter period one year earlier.“Our third-quarter profits continue to demonstrate the strength of our franchise and the success of our turnaround plan,” stated Pat Sheaffer, chairman and CEO, in an earnings release issued after markets closed. The bank’s earnings showed improvements in key measures of financial health. Riverview’s non-performing assets, or bad loans, decreased by $4.3 million in the quarter, a 14.6 percent drop. Over the past year, those non-performing loans have dropped by 44 percent, Riverview reported.Total deposits increased to $689.3 million for the period ending Dec. 31, compared to $672.8 million three months earlier and $682.8 million a year earlier. Riverview’s capital ratio rose to 16.7 percent, from 16 percent in the previous quarter.last_img read more

2015 comes in with a bang not a fire

first_imgEvidenced by the booms that could be heard locally before the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City, some residents in Clark County made fireworks part of their New Year’s Eve celebrations.The county saw about 100 noise complaints made to 911 starting around 5 p.m. and extending into the wee hours of New Year’s Day, according to emergency dispatch logs.About one-quarter of those calls came in to 911 within 10 minutes of midnight.None of those calls were patched through to Clark County Assistant Fire Marshal Richard Martin, who was the lone on-call investigator. He said he also hadn’t heard of any fires sparked by fireworks.Fireworks were illegal on Dec. 31 everywhere in Clark County except inside the city limits of Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal, where people could shoot them off from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. There weren’t any noise complaints in Battle Ground, though, and there was just one each in Camas in Washougal.The bulk of the complaints were scattered around Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County. However, county policymakers don’t allocate the resources to enforce the laws, Martin said.last_img read more

Weather Eye Relatively mild temperatures dry conditions to continue

first_imgWell, I have to tell you that there is nothing spectacular in our foreseeable future, weather wise.Makes for an easy weather forecast: Areas of fog and low clouds with afternoon clearing in areas away from the east winds out of the Gorge. The whole county could remain clear like last week or western portions foggy like the week before. Hopefully not the latter.A massive ridge of high pressure will dominate our weather for the next week or so and it will be dry. A few weak weather systems ride over the top at week’s end, but should remain far enough north to keep the drips and drizzle away.The extended outlook into much of February continues our warm-and-dry trend. This translates to below-normal snowfall in the mountains. The snowpack around Mount Hood was only 42 percent of average as we started out the week.Is winter weather over? Can you remove your studded tires and uncover your outside water faucets? Tough questions, considering this is still January. If we were to believe the Climate Prediction Center’s outlook calling for above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation, maybe so.I know, I know, did I forget about last February when we had freezing cold weather and inches of snow? Should we put a fork in the rest of the winter, as KPTV weatherman Mark Nelsen would say? You never know about our fickle weather here in the Northwest. However, with the trend this winter I sure do not see a big change.Oh yes, the faucets covers? We’ll have more freezing overnight lows for sure so keep them on or be ready to quickly cover up.last_img read more

24 check the pension contributions on offer before accepting a new job

first_imgLess than a quarter (24%) of respondents check what pension contributions are on offer by a prospective employer before accepting a new job, according to research by Fidelity International.Its survey of 1,230 UK employees also found that 21% of respondents do not check any benefits except for base salary before accepting a new job.The research also found:20% of female respondents look into the contributions their next employer will make to their workplace pension before accepting a new job.27% of male respondents are interested in what contributions their new employer will make into their workplace pension.46% of respondents admit to not checking the pension contributions offered by their prospective employer because they simply did not think about it.Richard Parkin (pictured), head of pensions policy at Fidelity International, said: “Moving up the career ladder and landing a new job is most often associated with getting a bigger salary. But [employees] might get a nasty surprise if [their] pension turns out to be less than with [their] previous employer.“It is worrying that just one in four people check the details of their new pension when changing jobs. Some employers are more generous than others and [employees] could find a large part of [their] pay rise is offset by reduced contributions.”last_img read more

Catto joins UK Ministry of Defence

first_imgJulie Catto has joined the UK Ministry of Defence as benefits manager.Previously, Catto was head of reward and HR shared services for Europe, Asia and Africa at CHC Helicopter. Her experience also includes roles as director, international benefits at BlackRock, and European compensation and benefits manager at NACCO Materials Handling Group.last_img

53 of pension pots accessed under the pension freedoms have been fully

first_imgMore than half (53%) of pension pots that have been accessed through the pension freedoms since their introduction in April 2015 have been fully withdrawn, according to research by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Its Retirement outcomes review: interim report, which is based on consumer research, retirement income data, sales data, behavioural research, and stakeholder interviews, also found that 72% of pension pots have been accessed by individuals under the age of 65.The research also found:94% of individuals who fully withdrew their defined contribution (DC) savings through the pension freedoms had other sources of income. The most significant sources of income for these individuals include a defined benefit (DB) pension (24%), a state pension (21%), and other DC pension schemes (10%). Only 3% of consumers identified their withdrawn pension pot as their most significant source of retirement income.90% of the pension pots that have been full withdrawn since April 2015 have a value below £30,000, and 60% have a value below £10,000.64% of the DC pension pots that have been accessed through the pension flexibilities to date have been smaller than £30,000.30% of drawdown plans were purchased without advice, compared to 5% before the pension freedoms were introduced.32% of individuals who withdrew their whole pension pot through the pension freedoms put the majority of the funds into an individual savings account (Isa) or a savings or current account, and 20% invested in capital growth, such as buying property or business stocks and shares (20%). A quarter (25%) spent the money on items such as a car or home repairs, and 14% used the funds to pay off debts.10% of individuals use the information sent by their pension provider when making a decision about their pension pot.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “Since the introduction of the pension freedoms, the retirement income market has changed substantially. This study looks at what has happened during this time, and gives us an early view of areas to keep a close eye on.“We have identified areas where early intervention may be needed, either now or further down the track, to put the market on the best footing for the future. Ensuring this market works well will require cooperation across government, regulators, the industry, and consumer bodies. We will work closely with stakeholders to make sure we are clear on the actions we are best placed to lead.”Claire van Rees, partner at law firm Sackers, said: “The FCA’s interim report makes for worrying reading. One of the few encouraging findings is that people don’t seem to be freeing their pensions savings to buy Lamborghinis. However, many people are choosing to move into drawdown to access their tax-free cash, without taking advice, without shopping around, and without necessarily giving appropriate consideration to where best to invest the rest of the fund.“Others with smaller pots are taking out the whole of their fund, often to put much of it into other savings without appreciating the disadvantages of this compared with leaving it in a pensions vehicle. Mistrust in pensions fuelled by the prevalence of negative news stories and concern about frequent changes in pension rules is cited as a key driver for such behaviour. The pace of policy change is also identified as a reason why there hasn’t yet been much innovation in the market for retirement products post-pension freedoms. The government would be well advised to stop tinkering with pensions taxation, or risk further reducing confidence in pensions.”Tim Middleton, technical consultant at The Pensions Management Institute (PMI), added: “That 30% of DC retirees are going into drawdown without having sought professional advice is grounds for serious concern. The government should consider making advice mandatory for those with pots in excess of a set threshold. We are moving into an era where an increasing number of people are largely or wholly dependent on defined contribution pension arrangements to fund their retirement. Given the growing reluctance of members to opt for the security provided by annuitisation, it is crucial that drawdown is controlled prudently if longevity risk is to be managed effectively.”last_img read more

A third of UK employees believe their employer is supportive of shared

first_imgAround a third (34%) of UK employee respondents believe their organisation is supportive of shared parental leave, according to research by Ipsos Mori.In a survey of 1,119 UK adults aged between 18 and 75, conducted in June 2019, 38% of female respondents agreed that their employer supports shared parental leave, compared to 30% of male respondents.More than two-fifths (45%) of both parents and non-parents stated that the believe taking time off work to care for a child can have a negative impact on an individual’s job; 52% of respondents aged between 55 and 75 agreed with this, compared to 37% of those between 18 and 24.Furthermore, 29% of women who have taken maternity leave noted that this had a detrimental effect on their career; only 13% of men noticed the same effects following periods of paternity leave.Almost a third (32%) of respondents stated that they have a good understanding of their organisation’s shared parental leave policies; this rose to 42% among those aged between 25 and 34, compared to 27% of 55 to 75-year-olds.Overall, 81% of respondents either agree or strongly agree that employers should be transparent about their shared parental leave policies.Claire Timmins (pictured), director of HR at Ipsos Mori, said: “This research highlights the need to address the continued inequality concerning parental leave. Levels of awareness and understanding of the different policies on offer need to be significantly increased and it is clear that responsibility here lies with employers.”last_img read more

Donald Trumps Resume

first_imgBecause of this, Trump and his father were sued by the Justice Department in 1973 for alleged housing discrimination at dozens of sites.They, in turn, sued the Department of Justice for $100 million. The case was later settled, with the Trumps promising not to discriminate and by submitting to reviews.They never admitted guilt.Trump then went on to renovate outdated hotels and apartment towers, in addition to new construction projects, throughout the city.By the ’90s, his “empire” spanned several high-rise buildings, including the Empire State Building, hotels, condos, thousands of apartment units, and, of course, The Trump Tower.He also opened hotel-casino complexes in Atlantic City, which have recently been shut down.Trump’s companies, mainly casinos, have entered bankruptcy four times throughout his career. (WSVN) — He’s a businessman, reality star, and now, politician?“I can’t believe I’m saying that about myself, but I am now a politician,” Donald Trump said.Donald Trump’s road to the White House has been anything but ordinary, and so has his career.Trump was born into a wealthy family, unlike Clinton. He is the son of a developer in New York’s Queens neighborhood.After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, he started working for his father’s company.He expanded his father’s business’s holdings in rental properties, and in the 1970s, made a series of property purchases in Manhattan.Trump capitalized on the city’s financial crisis by receiving large tax concessions. “I’m going to knock the hell out of ISIS. We’re going to defeat ISIS.” TrumpTrump isn’t releasing details oof his plans to combat terrorism.But when it comes to national defense, he says he wants to build up the military and invest in a new missile defense system.He wants to audit the Pentagon and “unauthorized” federal programs, and collect unpaid taxes to pay for it all.Trump has been involved in politics for years.In 1999, he left the Republican party for the Reform party and established a presidential exploratory committee.He decided not to run, and in 2001 aligned with the democratic party. He rejoined the Republican party in 2009.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. But the businessman was able to secure loans during the late 80s and early 90s to prevent going personally bankrupt, and his finances rebounded.His career is one of the cornerstones of his campaign, and, he says, has shaped his economic policies , including his desire to tax companies that out source jobs.Above all, Trump has also been heavily involved in entertainment.“You’re fired! Go! Terrible!” said Trump on his reality show “The Apprentice.” He partnered with NBC to purchase the Miss Universe Organization, which produces the Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants.Trump’s eldest child, Ivanka, has been involved in both ventures, and frequently appeared on The Apprentice.She’s active in his campaign, and has tried to shape his child care reform policies.However, some of Trump’s other policies are not as specific. last_img read more

Hundreds go green at Hollywood St Patricks Day festival

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – South Floridians were feeling the luck of the Irish at a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, Sunday.Hundreds of families came out to enjoy all things Irish on the streets of downtown Hollywood. The event started with a parade, then ended with a festival filled with plenty of drinks, food and fun. @cohgov #Commission at #stpatricksdayparade today @JoshLevyHlwd @DickBlattner @Traci4Hollywood @HollywoodFLCRA @visitlauderdale— Kevin Biederman (@hwdbiederman) March 12, 2017The celebration continues this week, when St. Paddy’s Day officially starts on Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show to showcase over 500 cars

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show is coming to South Florida with a variety of vehicles to see.Taking place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center‎, the event is hosted by the Rick Case Automotive Group.Car enthusiasts can expect to see over 500 of the world’s leading cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles.All proceeds from the event will go to charity.“Today, it’s still the only show in the United States that 100 percent of the proceeds go to a charity,” said Rick Case. “We’ve raised more than $10 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County that has 12 clubs here and takes care of 12,000 kids in the club.”The Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show runs through Sunday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MIA traveler who lost teddy bear at age 4 returns meets good

first_imgCarney named her new bear Brown Ted, and the two have been inseparable ever since.MIA employee Dickie Davis remembers that time very well. “I do remember it. I remember trying to find the cutest bear we had at the time, that didn’t have an owner,” she said. “I didn’t want to take it away from somebody else, but this little guy didn’t have an owner.”Carney, a performer who has entertained audiences all over the world, said she and Brown Ted have circled the globe together. “He’s traveled everywhere with me, all over — London, Europe, Asia. Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia.”On Sunday, Carney returned to South Florida to thank the people who gave her a best friend.“I’m so happy that Miami International Airport gave me this bear when I was so young. and it really made a difference in my life,” she said.“I think it’s really important to know that some small thing you do might make a huge difference,” said Davis.After their South Florida stop, Carney and Brown Ted are headed to Dubai. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – An international traveler got the opportunity to say thanks to an airport employee for a kind gesture she made nearly three decades ago: replacing the stuffed animal she had lost as a girl.Now in her 30s, Nikki Carney always travels with her teddy bear. She said the plush animal brings her comfort.“No, I’m not traveling alone. I have Brown Ted here with me,” she said.When she was 4 years old, Carney got separated from her favorite stuffed animal while passing through Miami International Airport.“I was on a trip with my parents. They said I was devastated to have lost my bear that was so special to me,” she said.Nikki CarneyCarney’s parents sent a letter to the airport, but the teddy bear never showed up in lost and found.So airport officials enlisted a little help from Santa. “I received Brown Ted with a letter saying Santa Claus had my old bear and that Santa was sending me a new bear,” said Carney. last_img read more

Police search for driver linked to fatal Northeast MiamiDade hit and run

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver months after a bicyclist was struck in the street.Officers want to know who was behind the wheel when 55-year-old Larry Fortson was knocked off his bike. Fortson later died in the hospital.The incident happened near Northwest 22nd Avenue and 58th Street in Northwest Miami-Dade back in May.“It just surprised me. I didn’t know, I just heard,” said the victim’s friend Juarez Mackey. “I was hoping he was still alive.”Police are looking for a four-door, dark-colored sedan.“Just report what you saw, or report what you know. That’s it,” Mackey said.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

1 hospitalized after 2 sailboats catch fire in Upper Keys

first_imgUPPER KEYS, Fla. (WSVN) — Passengers jumped into the water to escape from flames after two sailboats caught fire in the Upper Keys.Fire crews responded around 8:30 p.m. to the scene of the fire at Mangrove Marina, Friday.Officials said the passengers were still on board when the fire started.Crews managed to put out the flames within an hour.One victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with a burn injury.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 Fort Lauderdale businesses file lawsuit over water main break

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two businesses in Fort Lauderdale are teaming up to sue Florida Power and Light as well as the contractor involved the water main break last week.The lawsuit filed against FPL and Florida Communication Concepts follows the rupture of a 42-inch pipe that was dug into by a worker near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on July 17.According to the Sun Sentinel, the lawsuit claims “reckless and negligent conduct.”Thousands of people in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas were affected by the break as water services were shut off and a boil water notice was issued.The boil water notice has since been lifted but the businesses, according to the Sun Sentinel, are suing for the loss of business surrounding the main break.It was later discovered the crew was not digging in the correct area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Soaring Gas Prices Hitting Trade Shows Hard Too

first_imgSoaring gasprices, airfare and hotel rates are now affecting one of the largest growthareas for publishers: magazine events. While American Business Media saysevents have eclipsed print as the largest revenue stream for its members,skyrocketing attendee travel costs on the b-to-b side and host travel costs onthe consumer side could dampen the party. According toa recent survey by the Society of Independent Show Organizers, 50 percent ofrespondents says they are moderately concerned about increased travel costs ontheir event business, 39 percent are greatly concerned and 11 percent aremodestly concerned. Forty-one percent of respondents say they expect to see a10 percent reduction in expo attendance over the next 12 months. And it’s notjust expositions and conferences. Buyer-seller events-in which the publisherrecruits a select audience for a sponsor (and covers much of the attendees’cost)-have gained in popularity in recent years but may no longer be aseconomically viable. “We pay our attendees way so it’s hurting our budgets dramatically,”said one respondent. And withmost event venues booked at least a year (and often several years) in advance,re-evaluating attendee revenue can be especially painful. “Mostly I amdowngrading my attendee revenue estimates and managing expectations related toattendance,” says Scott Wolters, director of tradeshows and conferences at BNPMedia. To cutcosts, publishers are considering doing less direct mail, less travel(including conducting more site inspections online and through word of mouth)and less outsourcing (leveraging more internal staff for pre-event and onsiteduties). For attendees, publishers are offering bigger discounts for earlyregistration, securing cheaper hotel prices with aggressive room blocks and optingfor more airport venues. Still, thereality is attendees are limiting their travel. “People are not going as deepinto their organizations as they used to as far as bringing a number ofattendees,” says Galen Poss, president of Hanley Wood’s Exhibitions Division.”They used to bring seven or eight people. Now they bring four or five. Insteadof staying three or four days, they stay two days.” More ‘Bang for the Buck’ Hanley Woodhas added “Live Action Clinics” -a series of training seminars forattendees-that take place on its exhibit floors to drive exhibitor traffic andgive attendees something extra. “We’re trying to build a value proposition-ifpeople are still spending the same amount of money at your show you have togive them more for your money when things get slow,” says Poss.Hanley Woodis also looking at co-locating some events, such as the Deck Expo andRemodeling Show, and the CONSTRUCT show and newly acquired TFM Show in 2009.”They will be held as a co-location so exhibitors and attendees get twice asmuch bang for the buck,” says Poss.Instead of cross-countrytours, some publishers are turning to regional-specific events as well assmaller, one-day events. Make Magazine just enjoyed a better than 50 percentannual growth for the Maker Faire, which drew more than 65,000 attendees inMay. “We’re trying to bring Make, Craft and Maker Faire to regional markets sothat people can attend without having to get on an airplane and in many cases,even avoid hotel stays,” says associate publisher Dan Woods. “We are alsobeginning to host smaller one-day events.”Still,events remain attractive for sponsors and have proven resilient during pastmarket slumps. “The face-to-face sector is usually later to go into economicdownturns and, in many cases, can be fairly quick to come out of it,” saysPoss. “Exhibitors may hold back size of their participation but in many casesthey don’t pull out of an event because it sends a very confusing and troublingmessage to the marketplace.”last_img read more