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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

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The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.

The Alexandria, Va.-based organization is expected to draw more than 11,000 visitors who could generate about $7.3 million in direct spending, ICVA said.

The expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, which is slated to be finished late next year, made the selection of Indianapolis much easier, NSBE Executive Director Carl Mack said in a written statement.

More than 72 groups, representing 2.7 million visitors and $1.7 billion in estimated spending, already have booked meetings starting in 2011 in the convention center and Lucas Oil Stadium, ICVA said.

NSBE is a not-for-profit that supports black engineering students and professionals.

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