NAEC Shares Positive News from Event Host City New Orleans
The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) shared positive news from New Orleans, host city of the 2021 NAEC Convention & Exposition on October 4-7 and where Hurricane Ida struck on August 29. Event venue the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center did not sustain significant damage and has electricity; the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is operational, with full flights expected to resume on September 5; and most of the city expects to have power fully restored by the end of next week. Regarding COVID-19, NAEC continues to adhere closely to national, state and city mandates. The association relayed a message from New Orleans & Co. President Stephen Perry, who said the city’s flood-protection system designed after Hurricane Katrina worked as intended, with homes and businesses not taking on water. He continued: “There was no need for rescue operations in New Orleans. Media reports that Ida was New Orleans’ ‘second Katrina’ are not accurate. We are extremely grateful for the investment made in our system by the nation. It worked. Our hearts go out to people in surrounding parishes who sustained much more significant damage.” Expo attendees will have the opportunity to make donations to those impacted by the storm to “help show their appreciation for the hospitality already shown to us by the wonderful people in New Orleans.” NAEC said it would also like to acknowledge that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the CET program, and that it is “able to host events like this because of so many innovators and volunteer leaders — including ELEVATOR WORLD — who were instrumental in creating elements of the program.” For more information about the expo, visit the show website.