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CVB says it strives to bring, keep events in Albany

September 19, 2007

Albany - The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau says it had nothing to do with Quail Unlimited's decision to move its celebrity quail hunt activities from the Civic Center to Darton College.

CVB leaders say they were involved with initial negotiations to bring Quail Unlimited back to the Albany Civic Center. Sara Underdown says she tried to encourage dialogue between the two groups, but there was a breakdown in communication and Quail Unlimited started looking at a location in Texas. When QU toured Darton facilities, Underdown went along.

She says the goal of the Convention and Visitors Bureau was to keep the event in Albany, but the CVB never offered a financial incentive for Quail Unlimited to go to Darton. "Our primary purpose is heads and beds and in addition to that, our other purpose is marketing Albany to groups, meetings, conventions, visitors, tourists, anybody and everybody that can generate revenue, coming into our community," said Underdown.

She said each year the CVB buys a table at the QU dinner and also provides transportation and some entertainment options. In 2007, they spent about $7500 total for the event.

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