The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) has chosen the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach to host its annual meeting and management and technical conference April 17 – 24, 2015. The conference is expected to attract about 500 attendees and 100 vendors who will stay a total of 1,600 room nights at the Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort, according to the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Earlier this week, before the start of its 2012 conference in Lexington, Ky., the NACE board of directors picked the Ocean Center after a presentation by members of the convention and visitors bureau, Ocean Center, Hilton, and members of the local Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents.
When George Recktenwald was the director of Volusia County’s Public Works department, he provided the lead for this conference.
“It’s very gratifying to have one of the premier organizations in our profession hold its conference at the Ocean Center, where our county public works and engineering staff played a large role in the building’s recent expansion,” said Recktenwald, director of Volusia County Public Protection.
Recktenwald’s lead is an example of the efforts of the local Bring a Meeting Home program, which was established to partner the local community with the Ocean Center to help bring meetings to Volusia County. Many people who live and work in our local area are members of associations or groups that meet around the country on an annual basis. Meetings and conventions held at the Ocean Center benefit the entire area and these events provide jobs, support local businesses, and improve the quality of life.