July 13, 2005

Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress, which wrapped up yesterday in Miami, was the second largest event in the association's history, in spite of the threat from Hurricane Dennis. The 3,417 registrants included 1,139 planners and 1,910 suppliers. MPI's largest event was the 2001 WEC, held in Las Vegas.

The National Child Care Association, a trade association for childhood educators and caregivers, has selected SmithBucklin as a management firm. The NCCA will relocate its headquarters from Conyers, Ga., to Washington, D.C. "We wanted an association management company with a strong presence in Washington, D.C., so we could enhance our relationships with policy leaders in the government and the advocacy community," said Jim Loving, NCCA president. "We know SmithBucklin will fulfill these needs."