Davis Conference Center inks long-term events

Monday , August 18, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

LAYTON — Three well known state organizations have committed to multi-year agreements to hold their annual conventions at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, according to center staff.

The P.E.O Sisterhood Utah State Chapter will hold both its 2017 and 2018 annual conventions in Layton, while State HOSA will host its Future Health Professionals Competition at the center from 2015 through 2018.

The Utah Quilt Guild has made even a longer commitment to the center, with a six-year agreement to host its Quilt Fest at the center beginning in 2015.

It is anticipated each convention will bring a large number of attendees that will patronize local businesses.

“The total number of hotel rooms and conference space booked is very significant to Davis County,” Commissioner Bret Millburn said. “Multi-year contracts are a great way to fill the center as well as making Davis County their home away from home.”

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization for women, while the Utah Quilt Guild is a nonprofit organization formed in 1977 to encourage, promote and preserve the art of quilt making.

HOSA is a national career and technical student organization.

The local businesses directly feel the impact when the students break for meals, On average there are 1,200 students from across the state who attend the convention, according to Conference Center General Manager Scott Lunt.

“It’s a very big deal for us to be booking so far ahead,” Lunt said. “Many of these groups use multiple hotels in the area, eating at restaurants, shopping at area retail outlets, purchasing gas, going to movies, playing golf, attending Lagoon,” .

“Every time we have out of town guests they impact our community financially which in turn provides on-going jobs for our Davis County residents,” he said.

Since 2004, the county operated 70,000 square-foot convention center, part of a public-private venture with the Hilton Garden Inn, has been hosting over 500 events a year.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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