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Who are all of those (extra) people in downtown Fort Worth?

Downtown Fort Worth will be busy will convention-goers for the rest of this month.
Downtown Fort Worth will be busy will convention-goers for the rest of this month. Star-Telegram archives

Don’t be surprised if downtown streets, parking garages and restaurants are a little more crowded this month.

This week, roughly 7,000 math teachers and school administrators are visiting Fort Worth for the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

And next week, one of the largest conventions of the year arrives in Fort Worth.

Premier Designs Inc. a direct sales jewelry company, will bring more than 10,000 attendees to the area and have an estimated $16 million impact July 16-23, said Mitch Whitten, vice president of marketing and communications at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Then on July 30 through Aug. 5, Kenneth Copeland Ministries will bring 10,000 attendees to the Southwestern Believers’ Convention, also at the convention center. Its projected economic impact is $19 million, Whitten said.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

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