Philadelphia lands major architectural and commercial lighting tradeshow

December 16, 2011

A major tradeshow was highlighted during the annual luncheon for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB), according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

The news source reported that Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting tradeshow and conference, will be held in the city on April 23 to 25, 2013.

LIGHTFAIR International blends continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology. Lighting for commercial buildings, new product designs and technological advancements in energy-saving devices are all highlighted at the show.

LFI's decision to return to Philadelphia came due to the success of the 2011 tradeshow that was held in the city. The record-breaking performance was marked by the highest attendee satisfactions scores in the event's 22-year history. More than 23,000 registered individuals turned out for the conference, according to the Tribune.

"With customer satisfaction levels reaching historic highs in the record-breaking 2011 showing, LIGHTFAIR’s 2013 return to Philadelphia sets a new stage for continued growth," Jeffrey L. Portman Sr., president and chief operating officer of LFI managing partner AMC, Inc., told the news source. "It’s a natural response to preferences clearly voiced by LFI attendees and offers LFI exhibitors a staging venue unmatched in size, scale and potential."

PCVB President and CEO Jack Ferguson noted that his organization is working to make the city of Philadelphia a top international destination. The bureau has booked more than $2.8 billion convention center expansion-related business.

Ferguson noted that the PCVB is hoping to position itself as a leader through international marketing efforts, which, since 2000, have moved the city from 21st to 13th most visited city in the U.S., according to the news source.

Philadelphia has emerged as a leader on several fronts, as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designated the city as one of its "Energy Innovation HUBs."

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings (GPIC) was selected as the DOE's HUB for energy efficient building system designs. The headquarters for this project will be located at the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The GPIC will be able to draw on the region's substantial building stock to validate and deploy discoveries made at the HUB. The infrastructure of the city, the number of colleges and universities in the area and the highly-educated population of Greater Philadelphia will contribute to the success of the energy efficient building effort.