Association Pledges Support to City of New Orleans
New Orleans city
officials told NBAA Wednesday that it could take months before
residents evacuated from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina would
be allowed back into the devastated city, prompting the NBAA
to regrettably announce that conditions are forcing the Association
to move its 58th Annual Meeting & Convention.
In acknowledging the necessity to move its Convention, NBAA
expressed sympathy for the citizens of New Orleans, and pledged to
provide charitable assistance to the city in the coming weeks.
"The NBAA and its Members join with the rest of America in
expressing our sorrow and concern for the people affected by this
terrible tragedy," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (below,
"It is unfortunate that
we have no choice but to move our Convention. However, we look
forward to returning to New Orleans when the city is again ready to
accommodate our event."
Annual Meeting & Convention to Be Moved
Shortly after the NBAA indicated that it would continue to
assess the opportunity to keep its planned 58th Annual Meeting
& Convention in New Orleans, conditions there quickly
deteriorated as a result of broken levees. By late yesterday, a
complete evacuation was ordered.
As a result, NBAA, with the support of its Board of Directors,
today notified New Orleans city officials of the Association's
decision to relocate the Annual Meeting & Convention, and began
the process of securing a new location for the Convention. The NBAA
is focused on serving the interests of its Members and Convention
Exhibitors, and - taking all the logistical and other challenges
into consideration - expects to reach a decision shortly. NBAA will
continue to provide information about the progress of its
A Pledge to New Orleans from Business Aviation
Once a new Convention location is chosen, the NBAA will
designate a charity based in the city of New Orleans to receive a
portion of the proceeds from the event. The Association also will
give Convention Exhibitors and attendees an opportunity to express
their generosity while at the event.
In addition, NBAA will facilitate efforts by the nation's
business aviation community to provide resources to relief and
recovery efforts in the Gulf region.