City Spotlight: Buffalo, New York

City Spotlight: Buffalo, New York

By Stephanie Davis Smith, April 26, 2017

Case Study

When Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus was chosen as the medical host for AURP’s 2015 conference, Vickie Palmer, the association’s director of operations and events, went to work familiarizing herself with a city she knew little about. She was so surprised and wowed by what she saw during the site inspection, she went back to the board and said, “You’re going to be amazed!” Palmer lists the huge financial support from state and congressional leaders and the gorgeous facilities in the Buffalo Niagara medical district as wins for her group. Here, a glimpse at her conference.

Who: Association of University Research Parks

How many: 175-225 attendees

Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2015

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Meeting venue: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Offbeat Off-Site Venues: “We held a sponsor-appreciation dinner at Darwin Martin House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. They did personalized tours, and we held dinner out back in a glass pavilion overlooking the home. For the opening reception, we did a Beakers and Brews event on the medical campus with Buffalo wings, beef on weck sandwiches and beer from local breweries.”

Smarty-Pants Prowess: “I couldn’t believe the research and success that has come out of the Buffalo science and technology community. The person who first sequenced cells is from Buffalo. I told the CVB it needs to showcase its medical community more.”

Love for the Locals: “Lori White, Karen Cox and the rest of the CVB team were the best. They embraced us like family. We didn’t want to bus people [around], so we were walking between events. They put together signage and volunteers who pointed attendees in the right direction.”

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