PITTSBURGH - At VisitPITTSBURGH's annual meeting held April 3, officials announced that the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will hold their national conference here in 2018. NSBE, with nearly 30,000 members worldwide, the organization offers educational and networking programs to middle school and high school students, as well as to undergraduate and graduate schools in engineering, math, physical or applied science degree programs. When the group arrives in March 2018, it will be one of the biggest events for Pittsburgh.
Craig Davis, president and CEO, thanked Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for attending a sales meeting with the group to show their support and demonstrate how important it would be for Pittsburgh to host such a prestigious group.
"With a group this size comes millions of dollars in economic impact to the region," said Davis. "Just as important, we hope that they will return to start their careers here." NSBE's national chairperson, Sossena Wood, is a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Wood promised that it will be the best NSBE conference ever.
In 2012, the last time NSBE had their conference in Pittsburgh, they left behind more than $15 million dollars in direct spending. VisitPITTSBURGH is estimating that the group in 2018 will use upwards of 10,750 room nights. This will be the third time the group has held their annual meeting here.
"This is precisely the kind of meeting group that we want to attract in Pittsburgh. We love hosting a collective group of young, driven and smart individuals," said Fitzgerald. "And we're expecting that some of the finest engineering-based companies in the world from Pittsburgh will be represented at the conference, including Alcoa, Bayer, PPG, and U.S. Steel."
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.