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Tribute To ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill: ‘Soulful Ambassador Of Cool’
 
Posted: 31 Jul 2021, 2:44 am
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the Texas blues trio?s bearded figures, died at his Houston home, the band announced Wednesday on Facebook. He was 72.

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Signings For July 19-30, 2021
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 6:16 pm

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Q's With Shlomo Lipetz On City Winery’s Comeback And Pitching For Israel’s Olympic Baseball Team
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 5:22 pm

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Sebastian Maniscalco Sells Out First UBS Arena Comedy Show
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 3:47 pm
Tickets for a slew of Sebastian Maniscalco arena gigs went onsale Friday, and the comic sold out several of them immediately, including his Dec. 27 date at the soon-to-open UBS Arena in Belmont, N.Y., on Long Island. Maniscalco's UBS Arena performance, which will be the first comedy show at the arena, sold out in 30 minutes.

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William Tyler Discusses Bell House Gig, COVID Case, Safe Touring
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 11:30 am
On July 22, William Tyler co-headlined The Bell House, a 500-capacity Brooklyn club, with Steve Gunn. The serene evening, guided by Tyler's virtuosic, folk-inflected guitar playing, gave way to decidedly less calm news: The following morning, the fully vaccinated Tyler shared on Twitter that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

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Delta Dilemma: Live Industry Navigates More Contagious Variant, Changing Regulations
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 11:30 am
With coronavirus cases rising, predominantly among the unvaccinated, and vaccination rates flagging, after the populations most predisposed to get the jab got inoculated, attention has turned to the far more contagious Delta variant and how it may impact America?s reopening.

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Chuck E. Weiss: Chuck Morris Remembers ‘Best Friend,’ LA Music Fixture
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 11:26 am
Chuck E. Weiss, who died of cancer in Los Angeles July 20, wasn?t just the title character of Rickie Lee Jones? hit ?Chuck E.?s In Love,? or even a catalyst of a Hollywood music scene around which better-known stars like Jones and Tom Waits gravitated.

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DJ Khaled Returns To Host Days Of Summer Cruise With Headliner Lil Baby In 2022
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 10:30 am
DJ Khaled returns to host Days of Summer Cruise Fest in 2022, setting sail on the Norwegian Sky from Miami through Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay July 1-4 and featuring Lil Baby. Cabins go are on sale now at the event website.

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Saga Festival Premiere Gets Green Light In Romania
 
Posted: 30 Jul 2021, 6:54 am
Saga Festival is on track to celebrate its inaugural edition, Sept. 10-12, at Izvor Park in Bucharest, Romania, after being given the green light by the government.

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Summerfest Unveils Full Lineup With More Than 30 Additional Headliners
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 3:53 pm
Milwaukee?s Summerfest is all set for its grand return, with its full lineup announced this week. More than 30 artists have been added, joining previously announced headliners including Luke Bryan, Twenty One Pilots, Dave Chappelle, Guns N? Roses, and Megan Thee Stallion.

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It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC: George Clinton, Remy Ma, KRS-One & More To Headline Free Concerts
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 2:56 pm
George Clinton, Remy Ma, and KRS-One are among the headliners of a series of free concerts next month meant to celebrate New York City?s emergence from the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.

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Tipitina's, 2 Other New Orleans Clubs Require Vax Or Negative COVID Test
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 2:21 pm
If you want to listen to the George Porter Trio or Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. and the Wild Magnolias rip it up at some of the most well-known New Orleans music venues, you'll have to get a coronavirus vaccination or a negative coronavirus test.

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Rebecca Kane Burton Steps Down As CEO of LW Theatres
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 9:56 am
Rebecca Kane Burton has left LW Theatres in London, England, after five years in the role of CEO, according to a report byThe Stage.

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Logitix Names CEO, Executive Chairperson, CFO & Head Of Engineering
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 9:20 am
Live event ticketing technology and analytics company Logitix today announced several changes to its leadership team, some hirings, some promotions.

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UK Waives Quarantine Requirements For Fully Vaccinated From Europe, US
 
Posted: 29 Jul 2021, 8:49 am
The UK government has announced that fully vaccinated travellers from Europe and the US won't have to undergo a 10-day quarantine, which will ease touring considerably for vaccinated artists and their teams, effective Aug. 2.

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Beach Road Weekend Announces Beck, Wilco, Avett Brothers, Many Others For '22 Following Martha's Vineyard Concert Series
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 7:08 pm
Beach Road Weekend on Martha's Vineyard has announced a lineup of major artists including Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Lord Huron, Jason Isbell, Billy Strings, and many others Aug. 26-28, 2022, with tickets and hotel packages going on sale July 30.

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C3's Charles Attal On The Eve Of Lollapalooza Chicago: 'We’ve All Been Waiting For This Moment'
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 6:00 pm
Lollapalooza is nearly under way, a massive endeavor in normal times but with added significance as the first major, multi-genre urban festival taking place in the United States since COVID hit in March 2020.

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Garth Brooks Announces Concert At Seattle’s Lumen Field; Kansas City Concert To Host Vax Site
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 5:03 pm
Garth Brooks, who was celebrated as the Country Touring Artist of the Decade at the Pollstar Awards in June, has added a Seattle stop to his 2021 stadium plans.

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Posty Fest 3: Halloween Weekend At AT&T Stadium
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 4:10 pm
Post Malone's very own Posty Fest has returned for its third year, taking place once again at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with tickets going on sale Friday.

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CAA Promotes Paige Miller, Jackie Olender To Agent
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 3:49 pm
Creative Artists Agency has named Paige Miller and Jackie Olender agent, the first trainees to be promoted from CAA Elevate, the agency's program for agents and executives in training.

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Boxoffice Insider: Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico –$50 Million Strong In Seven-Year Run
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 3:00 pm
Electric Daisy Carnival?s roots stretch back more than two decades to 1997, when the earliest edition of the electronic dance music event produced by Insomniac Events was held at Shrine Expo Hall, the first of several Los Angeles-area venues to host the festival in its early years. Although the flagship EDC festival ultimately moved from L.A. to Las Vegas in 2011, Insomniac began staging events in locations outside of California as early as 2001 with the introduction of EDC Texas at Thunderhill Raceway near Austin.

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OSU takes measures to reduce water usage in response to statewide drought conditions
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 12:38 pm

By Theresa Hogue

CORVALLIS, Ore. ? Oregon State University is taking steps to reduce its water usage in response to serious drought conditions across the state and an executive order issued by Gov. Kate Brown that directs state agencies to curtail nonessential water use and implement water conservation measures.

While public universities are not required to follow the order, OSU is already taking measures to reduce water usage at its locations throughout Oregon. The university is also reviewing its water conservation practices to assure they are in line with the governor?s order.

The university already practices water conservation efforts, including using low flow faucets and toilets in many buildings, carefully watching water meter usage to spot leaks, installing rainwater catch basins in newer buildings to use for toilet flushing and using a sophisticated irrigation control system across campus that measures temperature, humidity and evaporation rate.

OSU Interim President Becky Johnson said it?s imperative that OSU collaborates by reducing water usage at all of its locations, including the Corvallis campus, Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OSU-Cascades in Bend and Extension offices and experiment stations throughout the state.

?All Oregon State University employees and students can contribute by conserving the state?s dwindling water supply within the operation of our campuses, centers and offices,? Johnson said. ?At the same time, OSU researchers are engaged in efforts to understand and address the many impacts of the drought and ensuing wildfires, and OSU Extension agents are providing support in communities experiencing hardships.?

At the Corvallis campus, visitors may notice lawns turning brown as they are allowed to go dormant as part of the water conservation effort. This includes lawns around residence halls and those that are not used heavily by the public.

High-traffic areas, such as quads on the Corvallis campus, will continue to be watered but at a reduced level. Additionally, athletic fields will continue to be watered to ensure the safety of players.

OSU is reducing the amount of water applied to more drought-tolerant trees and shrubs. Other trees and landscape plants will continue to be watered to ensure their health, especially newly planted shrubs and vegetation.

?It is important to remember that OSU is a historic campus and we use the beautiful appearance of our campus as a recruiting and retention tool for students and staff, as well as a community resource,? said Joe Majeski, director of facilities services. ?The Corvallis campus has a valuable collection of historic and rare trees and shrubs. These plants are a considerable investment and cannot go without some supplemental water.?

At OSU-Cascades in Bend, a number of water conservation efforts are in place. For example, the campus is working with the city of Bend for permission to defer until fall the installation of some new landscaping around the new Edward J. Ray Hall, when less irrigation will be required for the landscaping to become established. Additionally, about 90% of the OSU-Cascades campus is landscaped with native high desert plants that require no irrigation once established.

OSU Extension employees are working with stakeholders and county partners to evaluate mechanisms and implement strategies to reduce water use in their locations in every county in the state, said Anita Azarenko, interim vice provost for outreach and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

OSU College of Agricultural Sciences experiment stations throughout the state are taking water conservation measure one step further by developing more efficient irrigation technologies and using precision irrigation practices to help produce Oregon?s food supply.

About Oregon State University:As one of only threeland, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today?s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe,and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state?s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today?s students into tomorrow?s leaders.

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New Electric Equipment Reduces Noise, Increases Carbon Neutrality on Campus
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 12:36 pm

By Keith Kobland

Grounds employee Stephanie Anson operates the new zero-turn electric powered lawn mower.

It?s one of the sounds of summer: a gas-powered lawnmower. The noise is quite common in neighborhoods as people work to keep theirlawns looking good. It?s no different on the Syracuse University campus. With 800 acres of grounds, cutting the grass comes with the territory. But the noise and pollution created by gas-burning engines is soon becoming a thing of the past on campus, as grounds crews transition from gas-powered equipment to electric. Included in this grouping is the use of a zero-turn commercial grademowerwith a 60-inch cutting deck, powered not by gas, but rather, four large batteries.

?It does pretty much the same thing as a gas-poweredmower, except with a lot less noise, less maintenance and the fact it uses no fossil fuels,? says grounds manager Pat Carroll, who explains the technology and power of the new electricmowers far outweighs that of the old. Plus, he says, ?our grounds crews appreciate the fact that their clothing doesn?t reek of gas fumes.?

The side benefit of course is the softer nature of the machines. When the blades are turning, it still sounds like amower, but with a softer whir of the engine. And when the blades are off, it moves silently across campus. It will make the quad and the rest of campus grounds quieter by about a third, according to some estimates.

From a bigger picture, the use of electric-powered equipment is another step in fulfilling the University?s commitmenttoward carbon neutrality.

According to Sustainability Coordinator Melissa Cadwell, the zero turnmower?will be used approximately 20 hours per week, for 22 weeks per year, and will mitigate roughly 1,446lbs of carbon per year. And this is just for one piece of equipment. There are more, but this is the biggest by far.? The mowerwas funded through Sustainability Management?s carbon neutrality fund used for projects that promote and/or lower the campus?s carbon emissions.

?Sustainability Management?s goal is to continue to help support Grounds with converting traditionallawnequipment to electric equipment, which will lower our carbon emissions and sound pollution,? said Cadwell.

So keep watch for the new electric equipment on campus. It?s more likely you?ll see it than hear it.

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Marauder Names Leslie Hermelin As Director Of Communications
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 12:00 pm
Marauder, the music marketing and promotion firm, announced the addition of music industry publicist as Director of Communications on Tuesday.

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Music. Fashion. Art. Triple Threat Zhu Creates His Own Dreamland
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 11:00 am
When the pandemic hit and gatherings were banned worldwide, many musicians who yearned to be back on tour said they?d do just about anything to play a show in front of fans, whether it was at a shabby dive bar or in a parking lot.

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News From Down Under: Vaccinations, Humm Events, Audience Republic, Festival Postponements
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 10:36 am

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Croatia Reopening Continues: Boutique Zadar Sunset Festival & Amnesia Ibiza Takeover
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 10:33 am
BSH Events promoted one of the first festivals in Europe since the coronavirus crisis began, , and is following that up with two more events in Croatia: Zadar Sunset Festival this coming weekend and Amnesia's 7-Day Ibiza Takeover Aug. 30 to Sept. 5.

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CTS Eventim Introduces Health Certificate Software
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 8:34 am
CTS Eventim today announced the introduction of a software for checking digital health certificates, including digital vaccination, test and recovery certificates.

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German Promoters Association Clarifies Position On Vaccinations As Entry Requirement
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 8:05 am
Prof. Jens Michow, president of Germany's promoters association BDKV, was quoted by several media reports as having stated that only those vaccinated or recovered from COVID should be allowed to attend, work at or perform concerts.

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New York's Central Park Concert Adds Bocelli, Kane Brown, More, Announces Vaccination Requirement
 
Posted: 28 Jul 2021, 12:00 am
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and music business luminary Clive Davis unveiled the full lineup for August's massive Central Park "homecoming concert" on Tuesday ? and an updated vaccination protocol for entry.

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Former Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Dies At 46
 
Posted: 27 Jul 2021, 7:30 pm
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joey Jordison ? who was best known as the founding drummer of Slipknot ? passed away Monday in his sleep at age 46. A cause of death has not been released.

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Tokyo Update: Opening Ceremony Snafus, Ticket Data Leak
 
Posted: 27 Jul 2021, 6:33 pm
The opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics received decidedly mixed reviews in the host country.

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Suns’ naming rights deal with Footprint provides chance to increase fans’ environmental awareness
 
Posted: 27 Jul 2021, 12:13 pm

ByHenry Greenstein, Cronkite News

Footprint will be the latest company with its name on the marquee of the downtown arena, following America West, USAirways and Talking Stick Resort. (Photo courtesy of Suns Legacy Partners and Footprint)

PHOENIX ? For Phoenix Suns fans immersed in the high drama of the NBA Finals, the decision might have come as a surprise. The team announced on July 16 it was renaming the downtown arena to Footprint Center, in a deal with a local plant-based packaging company.

But it was less of a surprise for experts on sports business, and its intersection with environmental issues.

?When you (a team) add some type of sustainability component or climate component, it gives you an opportunity to say that you?re actually sending a very positive message,? said Rich Brand, a sports lawyer at Arent Fox who frequently negotiates naming rights deals. ?At the same time that, you know, admittedly, you?re getting paid a little bit of money here and there ? or a lot of money here and there.?

Brand represented Amazon in its$300-$400 million dealto rechristen the home of the Seattle Kraken and StormClimate Pledge Arena, after Amazon?s initiative urging companies to substantially lower their carbon emissions. That environmentally focused agreement in June 2020 was followed byBall Arenain Denver in October and nowFootprint Centerin Phoenix.

Both Ball, with aluminum, and Footprint, with plant fibers, are focused on reducing plastic waste.

These naming rights deals show sustainability-focused companies rising to new levels of prominence in the sports world, through ?a sponsorship agreement on steroids,? as Brand puts it, and increasing their public reach.

?I think it shows the maturity of the movement ? environmental sustainability movement ? whether it?s a consumer product or not, to be able to have the resources to position itself,? said Brian McCullough, a sports management professor at Texas A&M University who specializes in sport ecology.

Much like last year?s Ball Arena deal in Denver, the Footprint Center agreement provides substantial exposure to a locally headquartered, environmentally focused company. (Photo courtesy of Suns Legacy Partners and Footprint)

What?s more, McCullough?s research at the Special Olympics in Seattle found that when fans partake in environmentally friendly practices at sporting events, they bring these back to their home communities, and ?even fans that might be reluctant in their everyday life would actually engage in those behaviors,? he said.

This aligns with one of Suns owner Robert Sarver?s goals with the Footprint partnership, as stated in apress release: ?Integrating Footprint?s plant-based fiber technology into our core business functions will mobilize partners and fans to drive collective and systemic change, in our arena and beyond.?

Kristen Fulmer, founder of the sports sustainability agency Recipric, noted that sports teams have a unique ability to positively influence fan behavior in this domain. She drew a comparison to the Washington Nationals?partnership with True Made Foodsto bring healthier ketchup to their stadium.

?Because the team has done it, (fans are) probably more likely to recognize that label in the grocery store and buy it themselves,? Fulmer said. ?So it?s almost facilitating environmental actions, because we know fans are so loyal to their teams that that trust is gained almost immediately.?

Fulmer added that sports help bring environmental discourse to the mainstream. For example, Climate Pledge Arena, she said, generates discussions about sustainability that certainly wouldn?t happen otherwise.

?If someone just describes where they want to meet someone, they have to use the word ?climate,?? she said. ?And so it just becomes more ingrained in our everyday language.?

McCullough noted that naming a facility after a sustainability-focused company does set the bar extremely high for in-stadium practices. (The official press release declared the arena an ?immersive living innovation lab.?) He said it will be key for the Suns to carefully consider the totality of their environmental strategy to ensure they?re meeting expectations.

 

?Research would say that (waste management) constitutes anywhere from four to maybe seven percent of the carbon footprint of an event. So it?s still quite low,? McCullough said. ?I mean, it?s still meaningful, but it?s still low in the grand scheme of things. So hopefully, you know, the Suns are doing more beyond that.?

If waste management is only a small portion of a stadium?s environmental impact, why has it been the focus of two recent naming rights deals? Kristin Hanczor, senior partnership manager at the Green Sports Alliance, said it?s more visible to fans than other sustainability efforts.

?You don?t necessarily know how much water is being used to manage the field or how much energy is being used to cool the arena,? she said. ?Those aren?t numbers that a fan will come in and see: ?Wow, this venue?s energy bill is really high, they should be implementing energy efficient appliances.?

?But when you?re a fan, chances are you walk into that venue, you consume something that is going somewhere after you leave.?

Brand said the world is placing an increasing emphasis on what companies like Ball and Footprint do, and (as Fulmer said) naming rights provide them an opportunity to demonstrate their products? benefits in-stadium. He compared it to his work on the Golden 1 Center naming rights deal with the Sacramento Kings. In the stadium, he said, people who became members of Golden 1 Credit Union got special discounts and fast-pass lanes.

Similarly, Ball can physically hand out its aluminum cups at Nuggets and Avalanche games ? as, soon enough, Footprint will distribute its packaging at Suns and Mercury games.

?What better way to get your mission out?? Brand said. ?What better way to push the climate pledge? What better way to talk about sustainability and plant-based products??

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Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai Using New Vegan Option At Fenway To Raise Money for Dana-Farber
 
Posted: 27 Jul 2021, 12:08 pm

By Rachel Holt, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) ? There?s a new food option at Fenway Park, as Chef Ming Tsai introduces fans to MingsBings at the historic ballpark.

?It?s a high-protein, plant-based, gluten-free patty that?s easy to eat,? said Tsai.

Campbell Finlay was the first customer in line.

?It?s good. Excellent! Highly recommend it,? Finlay said.

Making excellent food is something the James Beard award-winning chef is know for, but recently, he?s put an emphasis on healthier cooking after his wife Polly was diagnosed with lung cancer nearly four years ago.

?And one of the things we decided is, ?Okay, you?re going to go vegan,’? said Tsai. ?Thank God for Dana-Farber. Thank you, Dana-Farber. They developed an awesome drug that she took that wiped her cancer out. But by going vegan, it really helped her recovery.?

Ming was helping Dana-Farber long before his wife?s cancer fight by supporting thePan-Mass Challenge. He helped prepare food for PMC events, and rode in the event himself.

?I rode the 100 miles two years ago, it?s awesome. It literally was one of the best things I?ve ever done I think,? said Tsai.

And now a portion of the proceeds from MingsBings will go back to Dana-Farber.

?When we do well, we share it with the community,? said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. ?So it?s very important for us to do well on the field, but it?s important for us to be good citizens. So this is a win-win.?

Through July 29, MingsBings can be found on Jersey Street, starting two hours before each game and inside Fenway behind the bleachers.

?To premiere it here in Fenway, the premiere stadium in the country, it?s just so exciting for us,? said Tsai.

For more on MingsBings, visithttps://mingsbings.com.

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Vinik family pledges additional $10 million to Community Heroes program
 
Posted: 26 Jul 2021, 12:53 pm

By Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts’ signature philanthropic initiative extended for an additional five years

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning owner and chairman Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, today announced the expansion and extension of the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil. The pledge generously commits an additional $10 million over the course of the next five years, adding to the program’s already storied legacy of providing a $50,000 donation to a charity selected by a local honoree at every regular season and playoff game at AMALIE Arena.

“In 2011, we announced a long-term financial commitment to the Tampa Bay area through the Community Heroes program and since that time it has become a part of the DNA of the entire Lightning organization,” the Viniks said. “In addition to our recent successes on the ice, the Community Heroes program continues to be a source of pride for our family and a signature moment at every home game. We’re very excited to be furthering our commitment with an additional $10 million to the selfless heroes of the Tampa Bay community and the organizations they serve.”

“Jabil is excited to continue our support of the Community Hero program to celebrate and thank individuals who have transformed the lives of so many in the Tampa Bay area,” said Jabil’s Vice President of Talent, Diversity and Community LaShawne Meriwether. “The contributions by those recognized in the program are truly inspiring and we are grateful for their work to drive meaningful change around important social issues in our community.”

The Lightning Community Heroes program launched in 2011 as a cornerstone initiative of the organization, honoring volunteerism and grassroots local heroes whose noble efforts had a positive impact on the community. Since that time the Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation have celebrated more than 450 local heroes and donated more than $23 million. The reach has been significant, resulting in 958 donations to 628 unique non-profits throughout Tampa Bay.

In order to maximize the impact of the program after its first successful ten years, the Lightning are expanding the opportunities via which non-profits can apply for funding through the program. In addition to continuing to celebrate grassroots Community Heroes who volunteer at local non-profits, the Lightning will now offer two additional opportunities to apply for a Community Hero award. Non-profits may now apply directly for $50,000 in grant funding to support specific projects and programs while highlighting an internal hero at the organization who will champion the grant for which they are applying. Additionally, at select games each season a player or coach may apply to support their philanthropic passions and causes in Tampa Bay.

Community Heroes are selected by an independent selection committee. Each honoree is celebrated at AMALIE Arena, not only with a $50,000 grant to the charitable organization or organizations of their choice, but also with a tradition that has become part of the Lightning gameday experience. At the second TV timeout of every Bolts home game, fans are told the story of that night’s hero, normally voiced over by Lightning players. These touching videos, highlighting how these selfless individuals are using their lives to make others better, are met with a standing ovation from the nearly 20,000 in attendance.

The Lightning are honored to continue this beloved tradition for another five years and invite members of the community to nominate and apply at the links below:

Nominate a Traditional Community Hero:https://webportalapp.com/sp/tbltraditionalhero
Traditional Community Hero Eligibility Information:https://www.nhl.com/lightning/community/community-heroes/eligibility

Apply for Community Hero Nonprofit Grant:https://webportalapp.com/sp/tblnonprofitgrant
Community Hero Nonprofit Grant Eligibility Information: https://www.nhl.com/lightning/community/community-heroes/hero-nonprofit-grant-eligibility

LIGHTNING COMMUNITY HEROES PROGRAM HISTORY
The Lightning Community Heroes program is the signature philanthropic initiative of the Lightning Foundation and has been lauded for its innovative contributions through the sports community. In 2011, Lightning owner and chairman Jeff Vinik, along with his wife, Penny, launched the Lightning Community Hero program, which is a collaboration of the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, to celebrate deserving Heroes and distribute funding to non-profits throughout the Tampa Bay community.

At each of the Lightning’s 41 regular season and playoff home games for the past 10 seasons, the Lightning Community Hero program has been honored to celebrate a local Hero and donate $50,000 to a non-profit charity of his or her choice. Celebrating a Community Hero has become a beloved signature moment at Tampa Bay home games and to date, through the 2020-21 season, the Lightning have honored 450 Heroes and distributed more than $23 million to more than 600 unique non-profits.

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Cleveland changing name from Indians to Guardians after 2021 season
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2021, 12:46 pm

By ESPN News Services

Known as the Indians since 1915,Cleveland’s Major League Baseball teamwill next be called the Guardians.

The ballclub announced the name change Friday with avideo on Twitternarrated by actor Tom Hanks, ending months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to permanently drop logos and names considered racist.

The name change is effective at the end of the 2021 season.

The organization spent most of the past year whittling down a list of potential names that was at nearly 1,200 just over a month ago. But the process, which the team said included 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders, front-office personnel and a survey of 40,000 fans, quickly accelerated, and the club landed on Guardians.

Team owner Paul Dolan said last summer’s social unrest, touched off by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, spurred his intention to change the club’s name.

“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” Dolan said in a statement. “Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.

“‘Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”

The team’s colors will remain the same, and the new Guardians logos will incorporate some of the architectural features of the bridge.

In 2018, the Indians stopped wearing the contentious Chief Wahoo logo on their jerseys and caps. However, the team continues to sell merchandise bearing the smiling, red-faced caricature that has drawn protests from Native American groups for decades.

“It is a major step toward righting the wrongs committed against Native peoples and is one step toward justice,” said Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director and founder of IllumiNative, a group dedicated to fighting misrepresentations of Native Americans.

The name change has sparked lively debate among the city’s passionate sports fans. Other names, including the Spiders, which was used by a now-defunct Cleveland team, were pushed by supporters on social media platforms.

Guardians will be the fifth name in franchise history, joining Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-14) and Indians (1915-2021).

“This is a historic moment for our franchise, and we are excited for our players and staff to debut our new team name and look in 2022,” president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said in a statement. “We look forward to our team proudly representing the city of Cleveland as the Guardians.”

Cleveland’s change comes as theWashington Football Teamcontinues to work toward a similar makeover. Washington recently said it will reveal a new name and logo in 2022.

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Sustainability Fuels Pacers Sports & Entertainment, RecycleForce Partnership
 
Posted: 21 Jul 2021, 2:34 pm

By Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Effort will divert more than 76,000 pounds of waste from Indiana landfills

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  • PS&E, RecycleForce partnership will keep 76,000 pounds of hard-to-recycle plastic out of Indiana landfills
  • Partnership represents PS&E?s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship
  • RecycleForce helps reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals while championing sustainability across central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS– A commitment to sustainability is in the Pacers Sports & Entertainment DNA, a value that starts with Steve Simon and permeates throughout the organization as it continues to look for opportunities to reduce waste and go green. That is why PS&E and RecycleForce today announced a partnership that will keep more than 76,000 pounds of plastic and steel out of Indiana landfills when Bankers Life Fieldhouse seats are removed and replaced as part of theFieldhouse of the Futurerenovation project.

?Just as the Fieldhouse of the Future will give new generations of fans world-class experiences for years to come, the project also presents us with an opportunity to creatively reduce waste and double-down on our commitment to care for our environment,? said Rick Fuson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment President and Chief Operating Officer. ?RecycleForce plays such an important role in our community, both in championing sustainability and reducing recidivism, and we are proud to work alongside them to keep tens of thousands of pounds of materials out of Indiana?s landfills.?

Immediately, 3,742 seats in the Fieldhouse?s Krieg DeVault Level will be converted into raw materials for manufacturing, with as much as 33,000 pounds turned to plastic and another 42,800 pounds converted to steel.The steel will be shredded and sent to an Indiana steel smelter to be made back into rebar or sheet steel, while the plastic will be converted into 3,044 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks and 1,015 gallons of wax.

Moreover, as Fieldhouse of the Future renovations continue, an additional 8,700 seats from the Balcony Level will also be repurposed by RecycleForce for even greater waste reduction and sustainability.

“We appreciate PS&E for their commitment to our environment and their collaboration with RecycleForce on this incredible effort,? said Gregg Keesling, RecycleForce President. ?Nearly all of our returning citizens grew up as lifelong Pacers fans and watched the games during their period of incarceration, which makes this partnership even more special.?

The effort is the latest sustainability initiative PS&E has undertaken with strong community partners, a continual focus for the company. Other work includes converting non-recyclable waste to energy, numerous recycling initiatives, and staging zero-waste events.

RecycleForce has for more than a decade been a leader in sustainability throughout central Indiana. The organization uses environmental stewardship as a means through which to help formerly incarcerated Hoosiers reintegrate into their communities through education and workforce training.

For more information on the Fieldhouse of the Future project, please visithttps://www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/fieldhouse-of-the-future.

For more information on RecycleForce?s efforts, please visit https://recycleforce.org/.

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About Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Pacers Sports & Entertainment is an integrated sports and entertainment company including the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Pacers Gaming, Pacers Foundation, Inc., and operations of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Its team of inspired and dedicated employees has a shared purpose of winning through a commitment to excellence, serving the local community and entertaining fans and guests.

About RecycleForce

RecycleForce was founded in 2006 with a dual mission: To protect our environment through safe and responsible electronics recycling while providing a structured program for formerly incarcerated citizens who are incorporating themselves back into society via a combination of education, training, and counseling. Our goal is to break the endless cycle of offenders returning to prison and instead make them productive members of our community right here in Indianapolis.

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Ball aluminium cups at Yankee Stadium
 
Posted: 21 Jul 2021, 2:06 pm

By The Metal Packager

The New York Yankees has teamed up with Anheuser-Busch and Ball Corporation to offer more sustainable beverage cups at Yankee Stadium.

For the 2021 and 2022 season, Ball?s aluminium cups will be available in a bid to make the stadium more sustainable.

A post on the Yankee?s Twitter read: ?We?re proud to partner with Anheuser-Busch to produce these Ball aluminum cups in order to make Yankee Stadium more sustainable.

?The cups will be available for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Cheers to a bright future!?

The first-of-its-kind creation came about in 2019 and debuted first in Denver-area sporting venues.

It has since gone on to feature at the LA Rams? So-Fi Stadium and now available for customers across the US.

Dan Fisher, Ball Corporation?s President, said the wide availability of the aluminium cup has several advantages.

He said: ?Ball has a long history of being a brand that people trust, and we are excited to reenter the B2C market with the retail rollout of the innovative and infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum Cup.

?As a company, we are relentlessly focused on enabling the circular economy and finding new ways to help solve the packaging waste crisis with aluminium beverage packaging. We look forward to working with our retail partners to continue advancing this mission.?

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Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC Set to Begin USL League One Play in 2022
 
Posted: 21 Jul 2021, 2:04 pm

By USL League One

WINDSOR, Colo. ?After being announced as a USL League One expansion club on January 12, 2021 and seeking community input on its brand, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC today unveiled its official name and logo. Hailstorm FC will begin play in League One in 2022.

?It?s a very exciting day for the Northern Colorado soccer community,? said USL President Jake Edwards. ?Now that Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC has a name and a visual identity, the community can really start to get excited about their local club ahead of its first season in 2022.?

Hailstorm FC worked with leading soccer brand designer Christopher Payne, who has designed a number of crests for various teams across the United States and England.

?It was a four-month process that I?ll never forget,? said Payne. ?I am extremely proud of the brand that we have created. The crest is bold and striking and has so many references to the local area. I loved collaborating with this ownership group. They have an ambitious and exciting plan for this football club and the local community, and I can?t wait to see the club on the pitch in 2022.?

The crest for Hailstorm FC includes a shield that anchors the club in football tradition while also proudly displaying features that represent the community. A mountain range sits at the peak of the crest to symbolize prominence, strength, and endurance. Hailstorm FC?s brand colors feature streamlined and classic tones of navy, tan, gray and white shades.

?This is a community that craves sports and is covered with soccer fans of all ages,? saidHailstorm FC Owner and Future Legends CEO Jeff Katofsky. ?We are thrilled to be able to bring a culture of competitiveness, togetherness, and success with a brand that echoes the beauty and strength of the power of Mother Nature.?

Hailstorm FC will join USL League One as an expansion team and play against the other existing and new members of League One, with their first season kicking off in spring 2022. The complete format and schedule for the 2022 League One season will be announced when confirmed.

Northern Colorado will play its inaugural home campaign at Future Legends Complex, a 118-acre sports complex in Windsor, Colo.providing top-level athletic facilities for major tournaments, events, and leagues for players of all ages and skill levels. The complex includes a professional stadium, one collegiate stadium, multiple baseball diamonds, multi-purpose fields, an almost 4-acre indoor bubble sports arena, hotel lodging, and retail options.

For more information about Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC, visitHailstormFC.comor follow the club on social media (@nocohailstormfc). For more information on Future Legends Complex, please contact Casey Katofsky, Executive Director, at CKatofsky@FutureLegendsComplex.com or visitFutureLegendsComplex.com.

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Phoenix Suns and Mercury Form Global Partnership for Newly Named Footprint Center To Become A Transformative Venue to Accelerate a Plastic-Free Future
 
Posted: 19 Jul 2021, 2:19 pm

Suns, Mercury and Real Mallorca Partnering with Footprint to Champion a Healthy Planet and Healthy People

The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Real Mallorca announced today a new long-term partnership withFootprint, a material science company creating a healthier planet by reducing dependency on single- and short-term use plastics. The partnership will include naming rights and product integration, and it will exponentially amplify awareness and use of plant-based fiber alternatives to plastic and build toward a carbon-neutral, plastic-free arena. Over the next year, fans returning to the newly named Footprint Center for Suns and Mercury games or concerts and shows will begin to experience food served in Footprint?s biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable solutions as well as educational points about the positive impact of making a switch from single-use plastics in their everyday lives. Ultimately Footprint Center will become an immersive living innovation lab for fans, enterprising partners, and likeminded venue operators from around the world to visit.

?We?re thrilled to partner with Footprint to reduce the arena?s dependency on single and short-term use plastics by making Footprint Center a hub for sustainable products and packaging,? said Suns, Mercury and Real Mallorca Managing Partner Robert Sarver. ?It was important to us to find a partner that could truly make a positive impact in our community and on the planet, and Footprint is a global leader that is also Arizona-based and therefore shares our commitment to the Valley. Integrating Footprint?s plant-based fiber technology into our core business functions will mobilize partners and fans to drive collective and systemic change, in our arena and beyond.?

As part of the partnership, Footprint will bring its food and beverage solutions and a team of dedicated experts to help Footprint Center become carbon-neutral and single-use plastic-free while creating a living innovation lab for food and beverage suppliers to learn more about consumer sentiment and how they can transition away from plastic. Together, they will forge solutions that can be scaled outside Footprint Center and across the industry, helping companies concerned with ESG to integrate plant-based fiber solutions that are designed to be recycled and composted into their core product lines. The first change fans will see will be plates, packaging, utensils, coolers, and other single-use plastic items that can be replaced with Footprint?s innovative plant-based technologies. Footprint Center will also feature recycling and compost containers, not trash cans, which will be serviced to make sure the recycling loop is complete.

?We have a unique opportunity with the Suns, Mercury and Real Mallorca to transform sports and entertainment experiences where fans can enjoy their food and drinks in sustainable packaging and learn more about how they can make changes in their daily lives to get rid of single-use plastics,? Footprint CEO Troy Swope said. ?Together we?ll create a living innovation lab of new ideas for consumer feedback, new opportunities for our customers, and we can educate fans in a way that will create a ripple effect outside the arena. Today is just the beginning.?

Reducing dependency on single-use plastics is just one way brands and fans can take a stand for the environment. Footprint Center will set a new standard in sustainability and demonstrate what?s possible for other arenas around the world. Both organizations recognize the need for third-party vendors and suppliers to accept the challenge of eliminating single- and short-term use plastics and invite them to look to Footprint Center as a viable testing ground.

In addition to supplying some of the world?s top food brands with sustainable plant-based fiber solutions, Footprint started theFootprint Foundation, and in 2021 initiatedPledge2050, a call to action encouraging people around the world to quit single-use plastic. Athletes, entertainers, and fans coming to Footprint Center or Mallorca Stadium to perform will be invited to take the pledge. Starting in single venues can be a gateway for others to understand how to make the switch from plastic to compostable and recyclable solutions.

This partnership is a significant step forward building on the momentum of the arena transformation that began in 2020, and has included over 8,200 tons of material being diverted from a landfill, 757 tons of plastic and metal being recycled, new LED lighting in all finished spaces, new energy efficient mechanical systems with economizers for more fresh air, and reused and recycled materials used throughout the arena. Prior to the transformation, the arena transitioned to solar through partner APS in 2012; making it one of the first venues to take this step at the time.

?We believe our partnership with Footprint will put Phoenix on the map for a more sustainable future,? said Suns and Mercury chief revenue officer Dan Costello. ?Taking this step will position the Valley at the forefront of the sustainability movement. A local effort to eliminate plastic and become carbon-neutral will set a standard for innovation that can spread through the city and scale throughout the sports and entertainment industry. Sustainable business is good business for our teams, the community and the environment.?

Besides having a positive impact on the Valley, this partnership will have global reach as Footprint will bring its consulting services and sustainability products and options to Real Mallorca?s stadium as well. The European Union banned single-use plastics starting July 3, 2021, which makes the adoption of new solutions an imperative.

About Footprint

Footprint provides sustainable solutions that eliminate single-use and short-term use plastics. Footprint uses material science and process engineering to design, develop and manufacture plant-based biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable products that are on par with plastic?s cost and performance. These solutions, digestible by the earth, keep harmful chemicals away from consumers and have directly already led to a redirection of 61 million pounds of plastic waste from the environment. Footprint is rapidly expanding into new categories with differentiated solutions for customers and has 2,430 U.S and foreign issued and pending patent claims. Customers include Conagra, Sweetgreen, Beyond Meat, as well as Fry?s and other national and international retail chains.

Footprint was founded in 2014 by former Intel engineers, Troy Swope and Yoke Chung. The company employs more than 1,500 employees, with operations in the U.S., Mexicali, Europe, and Asia. Footprint was named to the 2020 Fortune ?Change the World? list, is a member of the World Economic Forum?s Global Innovators Community and was named a CNBC Disruptor 50 company in 2021.

For more information on Footprint?s sustainable solutions visit www.footprintus.com.

About Suns Legacy Partners

Led by Managing Partner Robert Sarver, Suns Legacy Partners, LLC operates the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Footprint Center. The Suns are Arizona?s original professional sports franchise anchored by 2021 Coach of the Year Monty Williams, 2021 Executive of the Year general manager James Jones and a roster featuring future Hall of Famer Chris Paul and All-Star Devin Booker. The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury are celebrating its 25th season led by 2020 Tokyo Olympic-bound trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Footprint Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix, recently underwent a $245 million transformation, making it the preeminent destination for sports and entertainment in the southwest.

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Virginia’s History, Resorts and Culture Make it an Attractive Meetings Destination
 
Posted: 24 Oct 2019, 5:00 am

Virginia’s history, resorts and culture make it an attractive meetings destination in 2019. Read to discover the state’s best-in-class venues and other group offerings.

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New and Expanded Convention Centers Heat Up the Texas Market
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 6:20 am

The Texas convention center scene is a competitive market. With new developments stretching from the DFW Metroplex to West Texas, read the latest on the Lone Star State convention scene.

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Caesars Forum Strides to Open
 
Posted: 23 Oct 2019, 4:00 am

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

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4 Reasons to Leverage Digital Displays at Conventions
 
Posted: 26 Aug 2019, 12:10 pm

Learn why digital display technology is one of the best ways to take your event to the next level. We explore what it can mean for branding, the attendee experience, sustainability and more.

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Boise Centre Unveils New Art Installation
 
Posted: 23 Jul 2019, 4:30 am

A glass sculpture titled You Are Here by Boise native Amy Westover was designed to inspire attendees and guests to look beyond the walls of the city's Boise Centre.

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Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
 
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am

When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.

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6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am

Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.

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An Event Planner’s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm

Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.

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6 Innovative Convention Center Projects That Are Reinventing the U.S. Meetings Landscape
 
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 7:30 am

Innovation is requisite for staying ahead in the convention business. It’s second nature for Las Vegas, and it’s also the watchword for reinvention in convention markets around the U.S.

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Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
 
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am

AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

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San Francisco’s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
 
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am

As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.

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Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
 
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am

Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.

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Orlando Continues Convention Center Expansion
 
Posted: 25 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

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IACC Set to Double European Members
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2018, 9:00 pm

IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.

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St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
 
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm

The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.

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How to Cope With a Convention Center Renovation
 
Posted: 26 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
 
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.

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Convention Center Reopens in Louisville
 
Posted: 5 Aug 2018, 8:00 pm

The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.

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Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
 
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm

Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.

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Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
 
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm

Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.

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5 Campus Conference Centers That Will Enhance Any Event
 
Posted: 1 May 2018, 8:00 pm

College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.

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Vegas Convention Center Expansion Design Unveiled
 
Posted: 9 Apr 2018, 8:00 pm

Architects have submitted their designs for the phase two expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
 
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.

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Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm

The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.

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Q&A With Michele Hughes, Director of Sales, Connecticut Convention Center
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Meetings Today checked in with Michele Hughes, Director of Sales & Marketing with the Connecticut Convention Center (CTCC).

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Convention Centers Are Making Bold New Statements
 
Posted: 1 Jan 2018, 7:00 pm

Goodbye big-box, bunkeresque venues. Hello green rooftop micro-environments, wellness spaces and hip street-party-scapes.

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Conference centers revamp to provide connectivity
 
Posted: 1 May 2017, 8:00 pm

Addressing profound changes in how their customers are approaching learning, many conference centers are in a process of reinvention

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Convention centers design for a sense of place
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm

Many convention centers are striving to reflect and showcase their locations.

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Groups in Greater Boston utilize college campuses
 
Posted: 31 Oct 2016, 8:00 pm

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CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.

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CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
 
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers

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Fourth Annual IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
 
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

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IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
 
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
 
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

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Conference center education shifts dramatically
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

The times they are a changin’, and all for the better from this reporter’s perspective.

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CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
 
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.

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IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
 
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.

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Your Industry - Your Voice!
 
Posted: 22 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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CEM Week - Register Now!
 
Posted: 18 Apr 2016, 1:00 am

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2016 CEIR Index Report Now Available
 
Posted: 13 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).

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IAEE Renews Reciprocity Agreement with JEXA
 
Posted: 5 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.

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IAEE Announces New Chapter in India
 
Posted: 4 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.

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Convention centers transform to meet attendees’ needs
 
Posted: 1 Apr 2016, 8:00 pm

Generic big-box convention centers seem to be going the way of the buggy whip and typewriter.

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IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.

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IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
 
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

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CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
 
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom? Trade Show Consulting.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Krakoff Leadership Institute
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.

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IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
 
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.

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CEIR Releases Final Digital Toolkit Report
 
Posted: 15 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.

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IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.

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IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.

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Conference center experts weigh in on five hot trends
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2015, 8:00 pm

Here is the top feedback when it comes to staging cutting-edge conference meets.

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Convention center tradeshows focus on interaction
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 8:00 pm

Are you fully engaging your attendees?

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State College brims with entertaining endeavors
 
Posted: 30 Oct 2014, 8:00 pm

When it comes to putting fun on the agenda, State College is one smart choice.

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Can a team have too much talent?
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Yes, and here?s why having too much talent on a team is bad.

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Shared activities make experiences more intense
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Here?s some scientific support on the value of live experiences.

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Elmer Randolph 'Randy' Pugh
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Randy was employed with the City of Virginia Beach as the Operations Supervisor of the Pavilion Convention Center from 1980-1999.

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The Firestation Centre launches its neo-ticketing project
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
With its new project, the venue wants to find out if it will sell more tickets, if guests will get better deals, and if artists will earn more.

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The Marvel Experience lets you save the world
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The event will incorporate augmented reality, multiperson gaming, and RFID tracking for full fan immersion.

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Watch: Hugh Jackman talks about ticketing
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Hugh Jackman and the show's producer are making sure pricing allows anyone that wants to see his new play will not have to worry about scalpers.

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Upcoming webinars
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
These two, free webinars next week will focus on becoming a CFE and the Mentor-Connector Program.

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Ebola and the venue industry
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.

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Close encounter of the third kind with Google Glass, part 2
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
More from Portland?5?s Joe Durr about this ?cool? technology product.

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AEG Live acquires two historic Virginia theatres
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Those theatres are The National Theatre in Richmond and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.

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VenueConnect's environmental impact was minimal
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
VenueConnect's is the first conference that the Oregon Convention Center has measured the water, waste, and energy statistics.

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New Miami convention center and hotel approved
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The new development will be on the site of the old Miami Arena.

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Yarra, Australia, creates venue soundproofing fund
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
The city house 500 venues, 50 of them live music venues.

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Wesley Burtch Dickson
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Wes founded his business, Advanced Equipment Corp., in 1957. In 1959, the business moved to Orange County, California.

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Session proposals wanted
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.

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Earl R. Williams
 
Posted: 16 Oct 2014, 2:57 pm
Earl was employed with Kimble Glass Co. and later Ball State University as Conference Director and General Manager of Emens Auditorium.

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Take 10 - Invigorate Your Large Events!
 
Posted: 13 May 2014, 8:00 pm

Dana Freker Doody answers questions from Meetings Focus' Invigorate Your Large Events webinar.

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Cookie-cutter conference centers are a thing of the past
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2014, 8:00 pm

Today's conference centers are more about standing out than fitting in.

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Scheduling events at Florida colleges and universities is a smart choice
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Educational facilities throughout Florida give attendees a chance to relive the college experience.

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Convention centers adapt to tradeshows of today
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

Modern convention centers are about experience as much as setting.

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IACC Americas Conference Sees Attendee Uptick
 
Posted: 18 Mar 2014, 8:00 pm

The 2014 IACC Annual Conference reported it has attracted the most registered attendees since 2008.

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State College, Pennsylvania, is a happening, business-savvy hub
 
Posted: 27 Oct 2013, 8:00 pm

State College, home to Pennsylvania State University, welcomes groups with its vibrant ambiance and excellent on-campus (and off-site) facilities.

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A quick take on recent openings and upgrades in the world of conference centers
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm

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A Q&A with Mark Cooper, new CEO of the International Association of Conference Centres
 
Posted: 24 Apr 2013, 8:00 pm
IACC's new CEO shares his insights on the events industry

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Get Smart
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
On the fence about booking a college venue? These benefits might convince you.

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Areas of Study
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
University meetings think outside of the classroom

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School Spirit
 
Posted: 17 Feb 2013, 7:00 pm
College stadiums and arenas are a classic choice for large groups

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Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game,  a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.

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13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?

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Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
 
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.

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Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.

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Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.

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Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.

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Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.

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Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
 
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.

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Three Directors Step Down at Sirius XM Radio as Liberty Media Takes Control
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 4:50 pm
Leon Black, Lawrence Gilberti and Jack Shaw resign from the board of the satellite firm.  

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Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.

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Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
 
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services  and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.

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Welcome to the New Billboard
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.

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Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.

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Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed.  “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.

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'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
 
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.

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Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
 
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.

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Sony/ATV's Martin Bandier on New, 'Quite Reasonable' Pandora Deal
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 7:00 pm
Sony/ATV pulled a major coup earlier this week by negotiating a higher royalty rate from Pandora. Chairman/CEO Martin Bandier spoke with Billboard.biz about the deal.

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Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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CD Baby Parent Company AVL Digital Group Sold
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:44 am
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.

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NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.

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Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
 
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.

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Backbeat: Carrie Underwood Celebrates No. 1 With 'Blown Away' Co-Writers Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 4:46 pm
Carrie Underwood joined Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the two songwriters who penned "Blown Away," at the CMA offices on Wednesday to celebrate their song hitting the top of the charts.

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Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.

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HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.

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Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.

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Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
 
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.

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Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 9:38 pm
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.

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LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.

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SoundExchange Distributions Grew 58% to $462 Million in 2012
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 2:21 pm
SoundExchange distributed $462 million in digital performing royalties in 2012, a 58% increase over 2011, the organization announced Wednesday

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Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.

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Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
 
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.

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Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

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Billboard's Parent Company Names Ross Levinsohn CEO
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:41 am
Billboard's parent company has a new leader: Former Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media executive Ross Levinsohn.

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Universal Music Japan's Kazuhiko Koike To Head EMI Japan
 
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 8:07 am
Universal Music Japan today announced that its President and CEO Kazuhiko Koike will assume on the role of president/CEO of EMI Music Japan as well, replacing longtime CEO Hitoshi Namekata.

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Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 8:39 pm
A new lawsuit objects to the way that the music giant has licensed famous compositions and booked revenue.

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Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.

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Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.

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Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.

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Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows
 
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:05 am
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.

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Virtual Visionaries
 
Posted: 25 Nov 2012, 7:00 pm
Emilie Barta and John Pollard aim to take the fear out of planning hybrid events

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Take 10 - Conference Centers
 
Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 8:00 pm
Take 10 - Conference Centers

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New School
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 8:00 pm

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Final Bow
 
Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Makes Global Push; Criteria to 'Evolve'
 
Posted: 21 Mar 2012, 8:00 pm

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IACC Board Sets New Service Standards
 
Posted: 30 Nov 2011, 7:00 pm

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Association Meetings 3.0
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 5:10 pm
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.

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Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.

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What You Need to Know About Simultaneous Interpretation
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:54 pm
As more associations venture overseas, simultaneous interpretation is more important than ever. Two experts who have conducted events around the globe share their insights.

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Reduce Expenses for Meetings of Any Size
 
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:51 pm
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.

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Strategic Meeting Planning
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 11:00 am
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.

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New Models for Successful Convention Strategy
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:56 am
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.

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Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.

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Increase Exhibitor Engagement Without Increasing Your Budget
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:49 am
Every association tradeshow is under pressure to increase traffic, but at what cost? Follow these strategies for increasing traffic and enhancing exhibitor loyalty without busting your budget.

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Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
 
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.

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Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
 
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2011, 8:00 pm
Collegiate athletic venues are ideal for team building and spectator fun

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
With mounting competition, conference centers get flexible

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Conference Center Changes
 
Posted: 31 Dec 2010, 7:00 pm
Conference Center Changes

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On Location - Convention Centers
 
Posted: 31 May 2010, 8:00 pm

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University Venues
 
Posted: 30 Apr 2010, 8:00 pm
Campus Culture

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Conference Centers
 
Posted: 31 Mar 2010, 8:00 pm

After a tough year, conference centers see better times ahead

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University Venues
 
Posted: 28 Feb 2010, 7:00 pm

Universities offer an exciting range of museum venues

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