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McCormick Place: First in Convention and Meetings Industry to Receive CardioReady® Certification

CHICAGO - March 29, 2006 - McCormick Place has been awarded the first CardioReady® (CR) industry certification by the CR Certification Corporation for its commitment to American Heart Association guidelines for protecting the safety of guests, attendees and employees.

"We are proud that McCormick Place is the first convention facility in the country to implement the use of automated external defibrillators," Leticia Peralta Davis, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), which owns and operates McCormick Place and Navy Pier. "The certification of McCormick Place as CardioReady acknowledges our ongoing commitment to client safety and health."

CardioReady® certified facilities follow American Heart Association guidelines for protecting guests, attendees, and employees from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) a leading cause of death. Requirements for receiving certification include medical supervision, strategic placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the facility, trained staff, documented equipment testing and maintenance programs, coordination with local emergency response entities and compliance with local, state and federal regulations. By qualifying for this certification, McCormick Place has once again proven its dedication to its guests, attendees and employees.

CardioReady® certified facilities will be identified throughout the OnVantage Marketplace for Meetings™, enabling meeting professionals to select facilities that have employed best practices for cardiac emergency programs. These facilities offer protection similar to that which business travelers and meeting attendees have come to expect at their places of employment.

McCormick Place currently has 62 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for public access throughout its facilities. More than 250 security/fire safety officers, managers, trades people, and tenants have been certified in CPR and trained in the use of these units.
"We are pleased that a facility of this caliber has committed to an ongoing program designed to serve one critical mission: increase the chance of survival due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest," noted Norman L. Norris, Chairman of CR Certification Corporation. "MPEA's leadership in providing a program of this magnitude for its clients is an outstanding model for the meetings and conventions industry."

About Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority ("MPEA")
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is a municipal corporation created by the Illinois State Legislature. The MPEA owns and operates McCormick Place, the nation's largest convention center, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, and Navy Pier, the number one tourist and leisure destination in Illinois. The MPEA's mission is to attract trade shows, conventions, meetings, public events and attractions to the City of Chicago, and in the process, strengthen the economy of the area.

About CR Certification Corporation ("CRCC" or "CardioReady")
CR Certification Corporation is a totally independent entity comprised of doctors, attorneys and AED industry veterans, dedicated to reviewing cardiac emergency readiness programs to determine if best practices have been employed. CRCC certifies only those facilities as CardioReady® which have met or exceeded this strict standard. CardioReady® is a federally registered certification mark owned by CR Certification Corporation. For additional information, please visit  www.cardioready.com.

About OnVantage™, Inc.
OnVantage™, Inc., is the leader in meeting supplier marketing and corporate spend management solutions for the $300 billion global market for professional meetings and events. For meeting suppliers, OnVantage provides technology solutions for managing leads for meetings and events. For corporations, OnVantage offers the premier planning and spend management solution for meetings and events. Through the OnVantage Marketplace for Meeting™, OnVantage connects over 400 of the Fortune 500 companies and thousands of additional corporations and associations to a vast global network of over 40,000 hotel properties and 30,000 meeting suppliers. For additional information, please visit  www.onvantage.com.

OnVantage™ and OnVantage Marketplace for Meetings™ are trademarks of OnVantage, Inc. All other names, brands, or products may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contact:
Mary Kay Marquisos
McCormick Place
(312) 791-6237
mmarquisos@mpea.com

Alison R. Martin
CardioReady
(561) 638-2285
media@cardioready.com