AS WE GO TO PRESS with this issue in late February, one thought keeps replaying over and over in my mind: When you read these words, the United States may be a nation at war. It's difficult to be upbeat in the face of that frightening scenario, not to mention the lousy economy that's still wreaking havoc with the meetings industry. But, fresh from a weekend in New York City, I feel inspired by the perseverance of ordinary people in extraordinary times. New York State of Mind One week ...

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