140 141 glass,plastic,aluminum,paper,and cardboard,andwe are committed to recycling our kitchen grease and oth- er materials.Unfortunately,we do not have an organic hauler in this area,sowe don’t domuch composting, but we’re right across from the RescueMission,so our food and beverage teamgives a lot of food to them. About 90 percent of our cleaning products that we use are certified green.” Musich believes that the success of the ACCC is overwhelmingly based on the relationships it has with the area’s hotel and casino operators.“They are critical on a long-term basis in helping this building produce,”he states.“They provide guest rooms, services, financial support in some cases, to produce the events in this building.They’ve always been there for us. Everybody in these properties is responsible to sell the city, first.They are passionate about it; there is a passion for the success of this area. It’s not just business relationships, but genuine friendships with our partners.We all have the same goal.At the end of the day,we know the need that each of us has for one another and the goal is to bring business and push Atlantic City and the Atlan- tic City Convention Center to the forefront of choices in the northeast.” “And one of the most important things that’s hap- pened to this destination in the past several years is the failure of the referendum for gaming to be expanded in the State of New Jersey,”he adds.“What that’s done is jump-started the investment back in the city. So, there’s a lot more going on; it’s wide and diversified. So,when you look at it that way-enter- tainment and events and investment in this build- ing–that’s the biggest thing happening.As those n Vista Convention Services Vista Convention Services provides nationwide trade show services for face-to-face marketing including expositions, con- ventions, corporate events, and exhibits. Founded in 1993, the company has its headquarters in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, with offices in Miami, FL and Philadelphia, PA. n AEX Convention Services PREFERRED VENDORS THE ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER changes occur, you have a lot of people waiting to bring business and investment back into the city.” Dennis simply sums up theACCC’s competitive advantages: “We reallypayattention to our survey scores and to howwe service our guests; our service levels are off the chart,”he states.“We’re aTier One convention center in space,in a resort destination.It’s one of the largest buildings in the northeast and it has all of the amenities and hotel pieces-everything for amajor city,but it’s not amajor city; it’s a town of 40,000 people.This building–amillion square feet of footprint,600,000 square feet of meeting space,and 16,000 hotel rooms-it’s something you don’t get in most larger cities.” For a small resort town on the south Jerseycoast, AtlanticCitycertainlymeans business.