UPMASA 32nd Annual Grand Convention

July 11 - 16, 2017
Albany, NY

Dan McCoyGreetings!

I'm so happy you are visiting Albany County to experience its charm, charisma and beauty. Each season, Albany County exhibits new character by offering a wide range of activities to entertain families, singles, senior citizens and children. Simply, Albany County has something for everyone.

You will be mesmerized by our architecture and you must visit our extraordinary museums, theatres and restaurants. The city of Albany's business district and surrounding neighborhoods are rich with cultural heritage, while the suburbs offer historic houses and public spaces. Our hill towns showcase nature and agriculture at its finest.

As the capital of New York State, Albany is the hub of state government and offers magnificent sights including the Million Dollar Staircase at the State Capitol, the Empire State Plaza and the Egg.

Enjoy your visit and we hope to see you in Albany County again soon!

Daniel P. McCoy
Albany County Executive


If there is anything we can do prior to your Albany visit or while you are here, contact Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager at 1-800-258-3582 x 100. Please enjoy your stay and come back soon.

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Conference Brochure

Welcome to Albany

On behalf of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau we are delighted to welcome the UPMASA 32nd Annual Grand Convention to New York State's historical Capital City.

We are certain your experience will be productive and personally rewarding, but will also provide you with an opportunity to discover all that Albany has to offer. From shopping to dining, to arts and entertainment opportunities, and countless cultural cuisine venues, Albany has it all for you to take in! 


Say Hello to Our NY

Say Hello to Our NY

Hotel and Conference Center Information

The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center is centrally located.  You will find many options for shopping and dining in close proximity, including over 40 restaurants and Colonie Center Shopping Mall which features L.L. Bean, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Christmas Tree Shop, Regal Cinema Stadium 13, and more.  

What's Nearby?

Just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Wolf Road, is The Crossings of Colonie, an ideal place for walking, running, biking and skating. Conveniently bordering the Crossings is the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, one of the most comprehensive fitness facilities in the Capital Region that includes a family friendly water park.  Click here for a list of youth group activities.

Approximately 20 minutes from Wolf Road is the contemporary design of the Empire State Plaza, completed as a vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1978. The Plaza was built not only to serve as government offices, but as a center of arts, culture and community activity. The New York State Museum (the largest State Museum in the country), the Empire State Art Collection and the Empire State Performing Arts Center (known as The Egg for its unusual and distinctive design) are all contained at the Plaza.  In addition, you will be able to visit the NYS Capitol as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art. 

Building exteriorThe Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week.  The knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and they are well stocked with travel brochures about New York's Capital Region.

The Visitors Center is also home to the USS Albany Exhibit, an exhibit dedicated to preserving the National Heritage of the City of Albany and to honor all those who proudly served aboard ships named after the capital city of New York State. Experience the rich history of the USS Albany ships starting in 1846 to the current day. Come walk through history and view memorabilia!

Great Fun in Albany!

Great Fun in Albany!

What is there to do in our 400 year old city? You can find out right here! 

Come Early and Stay Late! 

Click here for Albany's dining options while you are in town!...
Albany Dining

Come early and take advantage of all that Albany and the surrounding regions have to offer.  From the Hudson Valley WineriesWest Point, and the Cohoes Falls, north to Saratoga, all the way to the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, there is something for everyone.  OR you can stay late and Discover an Amazing Albany Experience in our 400 old year old city!  We are a city of historians and storytellers, and we love to share our city's story - told in these homes and our historic architecture - with our visitors.  Albany had an important role in American history - we're the country's oldest continuously chartered city, home to four U.S. Presidents, birthplace of Yankee Doodle, and when visitors hold meetings here, they get to discover that history.  Please click here for the Latest Albany Calendar of Events.  

Green Your Meeting

Green MeetingWhat can I do as an Attendee to be Environmentally Responsible at My Conference? You have the power to make a difference....start by adopting a few common sense policies that will not compromise your experience...it will make you feel good knowing you have contributed to part of your conference's success by leaving a smaller carbon footprint. If available, please make sure to recycle as much as possible in your hotel room, catered functions, registration and on the exhibit floor. Paperless, paperless, paperless whenever possible. If conference mobile apps are available, utilize as much as you can. Ask the housekeeping department not to change the sheets and towels daily unless requested by you. In addition, ask the hotel not to replace the amenities daily unless they are gone. Before leaving your sleeping room for the day shut blinds and turn down the heat/air conditioning during the day in rooms while attendees are gone. Utilize public or hotel transportation as much as possible....better yet walk if you can. For additional information on how you and/or your meeting can make a difference click here.

Useful Links

Maps, Dining and Attractions
Albany Area Attractions
Calendar of Events
Downtown Albany Map/Dining Options
Wolf Road Map/Dining Options

Transportation Information
Albany International Airport
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Capital District Transportation Authority
Driving Directions

Shopping Information
Colonie Center Mall
Crossgates Mall
Stuyvesant Plaza

Capital Region Services




Bank of America                      

133 Wolf Road                         

(518) 459-9003


95 Wolf Road

(518) 482-6074

Medical Care Facilities 



Albany Medical Center

43 New Scotland Avenue

(518) 262-3125

Albany Med EmUrgent Care     

98 Wolf Road   

(518) 264-9500

Albany Memorial Hospital

600 Northern Boulevard

(518) 471-3221 

St. Peter's Hospital

315 South Manning Boulevard

(518) 525-1550

Nearby Grocery Stores




96 Wolf Road

(518) 482-1085

Trader Joe's

79 Wolf Road

(518) 482-4538

Whole Foods Market

Colonie Center, Wolf Road

(518) 621-5300





465 Sand Creek Road

(518) 482-2835 

Hannaford Pharmacy

96 Wolf Road

(518) 482-1925

Rite Aid 

463 Albany Shaker Road

(518) 458- 1205