AGS Launches Expansion

The American Gem Society has launched a $4 million project-called the "Partnership for Excellence" capital campaign-to expand its Las Vegas, Nev., headquarters, services, laboratory, and staff. Groundbreaking will be in October, with completion set for March 2000 and a formal opening in June. AGS executive director Robert Bridel and AGS president Ellen Lacy unveiled the plans on July 31 before about 100 AGS members and industry leaders at New York City's exclusive Cornell Club. AGS is "on the threshold of a new era," says Lacy, and this is "its most ambitious [fundraising] effort." To meet growing demands for membership, educational, and laboratory services and to continue to build consumer awareness of AGS members, the organization needs "more space and staff [and] must expand again," notes Bridel. AGS will triple the size of its 6,000-square-foot headquarters. It will add 5,200 squ

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