Hard times forced NCSEA not only to cancel its annual conference in July at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, but also file for bankruptcy. The alarm bells started going off at the end of last September,” says Colleen Eubanks, executive director at the Washington-based association. NCSEA had just closed the books on its 2008 annual conference, held August 3–7 in San Francisco, and the numbers were down. Attendance was off by almost 25 percent, with about 900 ...

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