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     April 10, 2019      #42-100 PB1

Chamber celebration will be first event in new

By Jeff Kiger

A Rochester “first” on Friday will feel familiar to Joe Powers.

Powers is breaking in his two-level event space in the almost-completed downtown Hilton hotel by hosting the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual member celebration.

Asked if he’s nervous about launching his new space with such a high-profile crowd, he responded that the chamber celebration was also the first event in his then-new Rochester International Event Center in 2005.

“We’ve got some experience ...

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Joe Powers, president of Powers Ventures, shows the third-floor ballroom in the new Hilton Hotel during a tour Tuesday in downtown Rochester. The event space includes ballrooms on both the third and fourth floors.

Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com
Jeff Kiger