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by By Sarah J.F. Braley | June 01, 2010

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation last month aimed at reforming the convention business and labor practices at Chicago's McCormick Place. Among the reforms, exhibitors now will be allowed to do their own work at their booths, regardless of the size of their space, and may use power hand tools to perform the work.

Gold Leed Certifi­cation has been granted to the Virginia Beach (Va.) Convention Center, which offers 500,000 square feet of meeting space. Also, in Texas, the 2.2 million-square-foot Dallas Convention Center was awarded Silver LEED status.

IMEX America has partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association and Destination Marketing Association International to enhance the reach and offerings of the first U.S.-based IMEX event, taking place in October 2011 at the Sands Expo Las Vegas.

ASAE's
Technology Conference & Expo has been set for Dec. 13-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A similar event was snowed out earlier this year.