Air Force conference brings business boom

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thousands of people are in Montgomery this week for the 2010 Air Force Information Technology Conference.  It's a chance for a meeting of technological minds and business opportunities in the Capital City.

At the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, companies set up shop, showcasing products for thousands of people.

"A lot of them aren't just local. They've been coming in from around the country, so it's a good mixture," said Bob Gosselin of EMC Corporation.

Montgomery is already benefiting from the conference.  Downtown hotels are booked solid for the most part. The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce estimates the three day event will inject $6 to $10 million into the local economy.

"It's something Montgomery needs. We've been working around downtown, trying to build it up for several years, and it's good to have business coming to Montgomery," said Mark Luther, who works for a technology company in Montgomery.

The conference is only part of the trip to Montgomery.  With thousands of people here in downtown, the business boom continues long after the lectures end.

Monday, local bars and restaurants filled with contractors and their clients--taking in what Montgomery has to offer while enjoying a night on the town.

"It's a really fun city, and everyone comes together and eats, and drinks, and plays, and has a fun time," said Whitney Reardon of L3 Communications.

Contractors say they're relaxed and ready to go for the rest of the week.

"It's been a great show. We've had a lot of traffic. So, really good traffic, really good attendance," said Pilar Mejia of Virginia.

AFITC 2010 is also hosting a career fair.  It's free for military personnel, government employees, college workers, and students.

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