AFITC to bring millions to Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce is set to welcome a conference to town that's going to give the city a huge economic shot in the arm.

The Air Force Information Technology Conference is moving into the capital city this week, bringing with it an economic impact of some $13.8 million.

Anna Buckalew, Senior Vice President of the Chamber, says 4,500 delegates will fill hotel rooms, local restaurants and shops during the four day event. It's the largest convention in Montgomery filling nearly all of the 6,500 hotel rooms available in the metro area.

Buckalew adds that while the conference is critical to Montgomery and the River Region for travel and tourism, it's also a long-term symbol of the impact Maxwell-Gunter has on the community.

Maxwell-Gunter, itself, is responsible for generating $1.8 billion for the surrounding community.

Infrastructure was critical for keeping the event in Montgomery, Buckalew says. At the heart of that infrastructure is the new Montgomery Renaissance and Performing Arts Centre at the Convention Center.

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