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SMPS offering vital lessons in educational facilities design.

The New York area chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) will host a breakfast panel with top education decision-makers on Wednesday, September 16.

"Working in a Downturn: Responding to Current Trends/Needs in Educational Facilities Design" will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. that day at The Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street, New York City.

"Obviously, these are not the best of times," says Patricia Neumann, president and CEO of AccuCost, and SMPS New York Chapter president. "So it's important that you come to this event; it could make a big difference to your firm."

The economic downturn has affected educational institutions across the board, notes Ms. Neumann.

"Private schools that rely heavily on donors have seen a 20% decrease in donations, while community colleges are seeing a major increase in enrollment," she points out.

Issues covered during the discussion include the ways in which school administrators and facilities directors are responding to the economic changes, how schools are obtaining funding for projects and cutting costs, and what types of improvements, amenities and design features are the priorities at present.

Panelists will also examine how the A/E/C industry can provide relevant solutions (by introducing energy saving options, for example), as well as where to look for upcoming opportunities

The moderators are Bradley Lukanic, AIA, LEED, associate principal, Cannon Design, and Karen Backus, president of K. Backus & Associates. The other panelists are: Lori Mazor, New York University associate vice president, campus planning and design

Joseph V. Muscarella, Nassau Community College vice president for administration and planning. More speakers to be announced soon.

"Working in a Downturn" was organized by Patti Grew, AKF Group LLC, and Carol Picard, Cannon Design, members of SMPS-NY's Programs Committee, whose director is Maria Miranda, SMPS-NY board member. The cost is $65 for members and $85 for non-members. For more information, please visit
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Date:Sep 9, 2009
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