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Rep. Napolitano Celebrates Grand Opening of Pomona Fairplex Trade and Conference Center

March 14, 2012
Press Release

(Pomona, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano welcomed the grand opening of the new Trade and Conference Center at the Pomona Fairplex.

“This new Trade and Conference Center will be a critical resource for our local economy,” Napolitano said. “Its state-of-the-art facilities will give the Pomona Fairplex an even higher profile, and help attract new visitors and conferees. This is a smart investment that will mean more jobs and more revenue coming to our area.”

Napolitano worked with Rep. David Dreier to secure more than $1 million to help fund the Trade and Conference Center.

The center is projected to create 280 full-time jobs, and will provide further economic benefits by attracting conferences and generating tax revenue for the city and county. The new facilities will host domestic and international commerce programs, expositions and trade symposia, and events that provide education in traditional trades.

The 85,000 square foot, state-of-the-art conference and exhibition center also features broadband connectivity, campus-wide wireless integration, and a satellite communications system geared towards attracting and benefiting small businesses.  It will have both small- and medium-sized meeting rooms outfitted with high-tech equipment, designed to help small businesses during events. 

Napolitano gave Dreier special recognition for his involvement in the project. Dreier has announced that he will retire at the end of this year.

“Rep. Dreier has served this region well for many years,” Napolitano said. “He has been a friend to me and to our communities, working hard to help us complete this project and many others. I will truly miss him in Congress.”

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