BUFFALO, N.Y. Dec. 4, 2015 – Buffalo is set to host the National Homeland Security Conference in June of 2017.
The annual meeting on June 6-8, 2017 will draw over 1,000 homeland security and emergency management professionals from the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. It’s anticipated that the NHSC will be the best attended and most highly anticipated homeland security and emergency management conference of the year as it focuses on emergency response disciplines at all levels of government.
The conference will be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and is expected to generate more than 3,000 total hotel room nights in downtown Buffalo and over $2 million in economic impact.
“Western New York’s position as an international border community makes it a fitting location for thoughtful discussion about collaboration and innovation in efforts to maintain Homeland Security,” said Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. “With this conference we demonstrate that our Emergency Services leaders are not only outstanding first responders but ambassadors that both protect and promote the community we call home.”
“The National Homeland Security Conference brings officials from many of the largest municipalities in the U.S. to Buffalo Niagara, and they are sure to be excited by what they see here,” County Executive Mark Poloncarz said. “Our re-energized waterfront, vibrant nightlife and cultural offerings, and proximity to Canada make our region the ideal location for a conference of this nature and I would like to thank Dan Neaverth and Jonathan Schultz for working to ‘Bring It Home’ to Buffalo Niagara.”
Jonathan Schultz, Niagara County Assistant Director of Emergency Services, and Daniel J. Neaverth Jr., Commissioner of Erie County Emergency Services, helped attract the conference to the Buffalo Niagara region. Schultz is a member of the National Homeland Security Association and on their site selection committee.
Neaverth and Schultz’s efforts exemplify Visit Buffalo Niagara’s recently launched Bring it Home campaign, which is designed to encourage individuals to leverage their connections on behalf of bringing bring a convention, meeting or sporting event to the region.
“We’re thrilled to have a conference of this national significance choose the re-energized Buffalo Niagara region for its 2017 gathering,” VBN President and CEO Patrick Kaler said. “This is the perfect example of how locals with a passion for the region and a tie to a larger organization can make a huge difference in our economy by bringing their conference to Buffalo Niagara.”
“Being a border community, the Buffalo Niagara region is a great place for homeland security experts and colleagues from around the country to come and learn what we do here,” Schultz said. “This is also a great opportunity to showcase all the growth the region has had in the last 10 years.”
Neaverth said that the collaborative public safety efforts throughout Western New York and the Niagara region of Canada will be on full display as Buffalo hosts the homeland security community from around the world.
“Our region is alive with excitement from the waterfront to the medical corridor complimented by our rich history,” Neaverth said. “As ambassadors we should all now be asking, why not Buffalo? You never know what might happen. “