More than 300 municipal officials and guests from across the Commonwealth descended on Allentown on June 23 as the Pennsylvania Municipal League hosted its annual convention here.
The 116th annual convention lasted three days and included numerous activities for visitors, including guest speaker seminars, roundtable discussions on local government and leadership, exhibits on the floor of the PPL Center, a tour of the S. 10th Street industrial area and a host dinner event at Miller Symphony Hall.
Some guests also participated in a community service project to install new playground equipment at Jordan Park.
This was the first time in 25 years that the annual PML Convention came to Allentown. In 1990, the convention was hosted by the Allentown Hilton, which is now the Holiday Inn.
“The annual PML Convention is a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with colleagues from across Pennsylvania,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “It’s been an exciting opportunity to show off Allentown and all the progress we have made to rebuild the downtown.”
The new Renaissance Allentown Hotel was fully booked for the three days of the convention, and this combined with numerous visits to restaurants, shops and other city attractions was expected to bring several hundred thousand dollars into the city.
This convention, which was scheduled a year ago, was the first significant booking for the Renaissance Hotel, which opened in January.