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Celebrating Women’s Live History: Dolly Parton & The Highwomen End 2019's Newport Folk Festival On A High Note
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2021, 1:30 am
In honor of Women?s History Month, Pollstar is spotlighting seminal live performances by women every weekday throughout March. Similar to the philosophy behind choosing the artists we highlighted in Pollstar?s February series ? Honoring Black Live Performance History ? we aim to feature a variety of artists from different time periods and music genres to help put into perspective the vast range of amazing live performances from women who over our lifetimes have greatly enriched our lives and culture. We are aware that we can only scratch the surface of so many thousands of brilliant performances, be it jazz, soul, R&B, punk, hip-hop, blues, rock, country and more.

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Brilliant Corners' Jordan Kurland: Musical Activism From The Bay To The White House (Executive Profile)
 
Posted: 9 Mar 2021, 12:30 am
Jordan Kurland has been shepherding careers of acclaimed artists since the ?90s, with an acclaimed roster of personal clients along with being part of cutting-edge and progressive events such as Noise Pop?s multi-genre Bay Area indoor festival and the multi-genre outdoor Treasure Island Music Festival.

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Michael Stanley 1948 - 2020: An Appreciation
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 5:40 pm
When the Michael Stanley Band took the stage ? from their early record-setting mid-70s stands at the original Agora Ballroom or ten-night final run at the rotating stage Front Row Theater, not to mention the record-setting four night SRO appearances at Blossom Music Center or the two nights at Richfield Coliseum, sold out faster than led Zeppelin ? there was an urgency forged by the city of Cleveland?s zeitgeist. No matter how tough things got, MSB created music that swept sometimes tens of thousands of locals up in its expansive view of life in ?Our Town.?

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USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s Latest Study Finds ‘Women Are Missing In The Music Industry’
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 4:33 pm
Coinciding with International Women?s Day, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative has released the fourth annual edition of the ?Inclusion in the Recording Studio?? report, assessing gender and race/ethnicity for artists, songwriters and producers appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart.

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California OKs Reopening Of Ball Parks, Disneyland
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 1:47 pm
California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots.

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Boxoffice Insider: Live And Socially Distanced, TobyMac Plays Arenas In Winter Run
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 1:19 pm
TobyMac is among the growing number of performers booking tours in North American indoor arenas in 2021, still with social distancing and other safety regulations due to the pandemic, but arena dates nonetheless. The Christian hip-hop/rock veteran was out early with his return to the road, kicking off his long-running ?Hits Deep? tour in February with concerts booked at arenas in southern U.S. cities.

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Co-op Live Announces First Hires In The UK
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 11:10 am
Co-op Live, the new 23,500-capacity arena set to open in Manchester in 2023, has announced its first three senior hires.

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European Cashless Leaders PlayPass And Weezevent Merge
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 10:37 am
PlayPass and Weezevent, two of Europe's leading companies in cashless payment solutions have merged, consolidating their technology, expertise and capacity.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Monday, March 8
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass,in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music.

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The Biggest Show On Earth: SIX60 Plays Six Stadium Shows
 
Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 12:00 am
On a warm Wellington, New Zealand, summer evening, on Feb. 13, 2021, rock band Six60?s lead singer Matiu Walters stood before a sell-out crowd of 32,000 at Sky Stadium and yelled ?Haere Mai [?welcome? in the indigenous Maori language] Wellington! Welcome to the biggest show on earth!?

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For The Weekend Of March 5-7
 
Posted: 7 Mar 2021, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass,in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music.

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Seattle University Joins Forces with Local Sports Teams to Tackle Diversity in Sports and Entertainment Industry
 
Posted: 6 Mar 2021, 4:40 pm

By Seattle Seahawks

Sports and Entertainment MBA will focus on increasing diversity in leadership

SEATTLE ? MARCH 4, 2021 ?Seattle University’s (SU) Albers School of Business and Economics today announced the launch of its newest graduate program, an MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management (MBA SEM) with a focus on diversifying leadership in the industry.

In a ground-breaking move, seven Seattle sports and entertainment companies will partner with the university to advise on the curriculum and offer fellowships to students. Founding partners, the Seattle Kraken and Seattle Mariners, have joined forces with the Seattle Storm, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks, Oak View Group and Climate Pledge Arena to provide fellowships for students and job opportunities upon completion of the program.

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is one of the hallmarks of MBA SEM, making it the first program of its kind to build on DEI as a core philosophy. It is an offering consistent with the Albers School’s 70+ year legacy of championing business as an agent of positive social change. The curriculum will focus on:

  • Venue management and operation.
  • Venue sustainability for sports organizations and music/entertainment tours.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism in sports, entertainment in sports and venue management.

“We’ve designed a sports MBA with an authentic experiential immersion curriculum, where students benefit from real-world projects, and close contact with various levels of organizational leadership,” said MBA SEM program director Maylon Hanold. “We will equip our students with the leadership skills and business acumen sought after by employers and prepare them for the workplace by creating a highly diverse and inclusive community.”

In addition, there will be DEI professional development opportunities for faculty members and the creation of a new, BIPOC led advisory group including students, faculty, and team partners.Consistent with its educational mission, the university is committed to promoting a diverse student body and will be awarding scholarships to address financial need, to break down stereotypes in the industry and to create access to this unique program.

“Our Seattle teams share the goal of addressing historic inequities and creating opportunities in sport and entertainment leadership,” said Fred Rivera, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Seattle Mariners. “This program aligns with the Mariners recently announced racial equity programs and initiatives.We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the Kraken as well as Seattle University on this long-term program to make progress breaking down barriers for entry into the sports industry.”

“We know that BIPOC and female leadership is lacking in our industry and with this program we have an exceptional opportunity to address this and instigate change,” said Tod Leiweke, CEO of Seattle Kraken. “It is unprecedented to see so many organizations come together around one cause and we look forward to welcoming the inaugural class and seeing this program grow into a model around the world.”

Applications are now being accepted until May 15, 2021 atseattleu.edu/business/mba-sport-entertainment. Classes start at the end of June.

Seattle University

‘The sport industry has a renewed call to action as it endeavors to increase diversity at all levels and in all segments,’ said Albers Dean Joseph Phillips. ‘Our program will make an important contribution to those efforts.’

‘This is the first multi-organizational approach in bringing meaningful sport involvement, experiences, and opportunities to a diverse audience,’ said Bill Sutton, board advisor to the new MBA and founding director of the University of South Florida’s Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program.

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks Chief Financial Officer, Karen Spencer, is an Advisory Board Member for Seattle University’s Master of Sport Business Leadership (MSBL) program and the team is proud to support advancement opportunities to diversify sports leadership.

“The Seahawks are thrilled to come together with our fellow Seattle sports teams to support this ground-breaking program that will provide invaluable first-hand experience in sports business, with a foundation of diversity and inclusion ingrained throughout,” said Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Seahawks Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Our organization is guided upon core values of respect, equality and inclusiveness on and off the field, so we look forward to mentoring these future leaders and providing meaningful opportunities for them as they advance their careers in sports.”

Seattle Sounders FC

“When Sounders FC launched its official social justice framework last August, one of the vows we made to the community was to address the deep-seated inequity of opportunities in our sport for women and BIPOC,” said Sounders FC Owner and President of Business Operations Peter Tomozawa. “Participating in this new program offered by Seattle University provides a great step toward that goal, and we’re honored to join our fellow local professional franchises to make this investment in developing diverse talent. We recognize that this is still a first step. There remains a great deal of work to be done, but we’re committed to working together to make our community a better place.”

Seattle Storm

“The Seattle Storm is honored to join our fellow professional sports franchises in support of Seattle University’s MBA program focused on diversity in the sports and entertainment industry,” said Alisha Valavanis, CEO and General Manager of the Seattle Storm. “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lie at the heart of the Storm’s core values, business practices and platforms. Given the tremendous organizational alignment with Seattle University’s program, Force 10 Enterprises & the Storm are thrilled to be involved.”

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Alabama’s Furnace Fest Unveils September Lineup
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 3:27 pm
Rock festival Furnace Fest is returning to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 24-26 this year.

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‘The End Of An Era:’ Industry Mourns The Passing Of Australian Promoter Michael Gudinski
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 1:30 pm

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Talent Buyer Tommy Merrill Launches Merrill Artists Promotions Company In Partnership With Marshall Arts
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 12:33 pm
Tommy Merrill, former senior talent buyer at Rockwood Music Hall, has announced the launch of Merrill Artists in partnership with Marshall Arts and Marshall Arts USA, featuring a recorded-music division alongside a concert promotion business to serve the creative and commercial needs of its talent roster.

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TikTok’s Ollie Wards, Australia/New Zealand Director of Music, Talks Six60
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 12:00 pm
Six60?s six-date tour in front of 125,000 was not only a marvel as the biggest tour to take place in person during the pandemic without COVID restrictions, but also was a marvel on the tech side, being simultaneously broadcast on TikTok.

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Six60 Rock 125,000 At Six Stadium Shows
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 12:00 pm
On a warm Wellington, New Zealand, summer evening, on Feb. 13, 2021, rock band Six60?s lead singer Matiu Walters stood before a sell-out crowd of 32,000 at Sky Stadium and yelled ?Haere Mai [?welcome? in the indigenous Maori language] Wellington, Welcome to the biggest show on earth!?The fans chanted back, ?This is forever, yeah!? from the chorus of their early hit ?Forever.? Walters was not in any way being hyperbolic.Thanks to New Zealand?s successful response to COVID-19 and with no social distancing restrictions or bans on mass gatherings, no other act in the world has played to an audience that size in 2021 as well as for most of 2020 to boot.

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Maia Chaka becomes first Black woman named to NFL’s officiating staff
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 11:27 am

By Kevin Patra

Maia Chaka is the latest trailblazing woman in the NFL.

Chaka was added Friday to the NFL roster of game officials for the 2021 season, becoming the first Black woman in league history to be named to the NFL’s officiating staff.

“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said in a statement. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”

A health and physical education teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system, Chaka joins the NFL after working at the collegiate level, including stints in the Pac-12 Conference and Conference USA.

In 2014, she was part of the NFL’s Officiating Development Program, which works to identify college officials who could leap the pros.

“Maia’s years of hard work, dedication and perseverance — including as part of the NFL Officiating Development Program — have earned her a position as an NFL official,” Troy Vincent, Sr., NFL executive vice president of football operations, said. “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Maia is a trailblazer as the first Black female official and inspires us toward normalizing women on the football field.”

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AB Touring Launches With PhaseOne, UZ, G-Rex, TVBOO
 
Posted: 5 Mar 2021, 9:00 am
New electronic music-focused talent agency AB Touring has unveiled a roster of artists including PhaseOne, UZ, G-REX, TVBOO, Figure, Stylust, and Hydraulix.

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Week Of 03/04/21
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 11:19 pm

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In Mississippi, Small-Town Bluesman Keeps Aging Music Alive
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 9:00 pm
With callused hands, Jimmy ?Duck? Holmes plucks an old acoustic guitar at the juke joint his parents started more than 70 years ago. He checks the cafe?s inventory: jars of pickled eggs, beef jerky, pork hocks. He tends to the wood-burning stove, made from an oil-field pipe. And every morning, he eventually settles in on a stool behind the counter, waiting ? hoping ? that someone who wants to hear him play will drop in.

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Josh Humiston, APA Partner And SVP Of Music, Dies At 48
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 8:00 pm
Josh Humiston, a Partner and Senior Vice President of Music and partner at APA, died March 3 after suffering a life-ending stroke at age 48, the agency announced.

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Australia News: Live Performance Australia, Ticketek, CMC Rocks & More
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 7:42 pm

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Philadelphia Union team up with WWF for #WorldWithoutNature
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 7:38 pm

By Philadelphia Union

Washington, DC? On World Wildlife Day (March 3, 2021) World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will join some of the world?s best-known companies, NGOs, and sports teams in removing animals and nature references from their branding in an action that aims to highlight the dramatic loss of biodiversity globally and the social and economic risks it poses.

For the first time in its 60-year history, WWF will remove the iconic panda from its logo for the day, while more than 40 famous brands from around the world including AS Roma, Hootsuite, and OL Reign will also remove symbols of nature from their logos to highlight the emptiness of a world without nature.

?To symbolically show our devotion to protecting the planet, we are removing the iconic panda from our logo for the first time in our 60-year history,? said Terry Macko, CMO of World Wildlife Fund in the U.S. ?This day of action showcases what we love about nature, and what we stand to lose if we don?t show it enough love. The link between people and nature is inextricable, like our love and devotion to home sports teams and more, and we hope this collective moment highlights the impact human activity is having on our planet and what we need to do to protect it before it?s too late.?

Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century, according toWWF?s Living Planet Report 2020. The report also shows that if the world carries on with ?business as usual,? rates of biodiversity loss seen since 1970 will continue between now and 2050. These losses would at best take decades to reverse, and further irreversible biodiversity losses are likely, resulting in a planet that cannot support current and future generations of people.

The campaign was originally the brainchild ofOne Minute Briefs, created on World Wildlife Day last year. The idea received widespread praise on social media and has now been brought to life with support from WWF and partners including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the RSPB, the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International.

Later this year, governments from around the world will meet to agree a new global agreement for nature, like the one we have for climate. WWF is calling on global leaders to step up to the challenge of delivering an ambitious global plan to tackle biodiversity loss and set nature on the path to recovery this decade. Individuals can show world leaders they care about a more sustainable future for all bypledging to protect the planet.

Iain Beable, Social Marketing Strategist for EMEA at Hootsuite, said: “We are incredibly proud at Hootsuite to show our support for World Wildlife Day as part of the #WorldWithoutNature campaign. The protection of the Earth is arguably one of the most paramount matters of our time. It’s important to remember that Earth does not belong to us, we belong to it, and we have a responsibility to ensure its protection for the generations to come.”

The campaign also includes a branded hashtag on Twitter for #WorldWithoutNature.

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Asia News: AEGX, Spotify, Ticketing & More
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 7:07 pm

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Live Nation Promotes Amanda Moore To Head Las Vegas Residencies
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 2:44 pm
Live Nation Concerts has promoted Amanda Moore to the head of its Live Nation Las Vegas residency business.

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Artist Manager Evan Winiker Joins Range Media Partners As Managing Partner
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 1:04 pm
Evan Winiker has joined the music division of Range Media Partners, having spent the last four years at Full Stop Management. He brings with him clients including MAX, Daya, Skyler Stonestreet, Juno winners Walk Off The Earth, touring giants The Disco Biscuits, and his team of managers, Zack Phillips and Valentine Banor.

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Square, Inc. To Buy Majority Of Tidal And Put Jay-Z On Board
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 12:17 pm
Financial technology company Square, Inc. said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire majority ownership of Tidal, the music streaming service partly owned by Jay-Z.

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Full Stream Ahead: TourGigs Continues Momentum With Groban, TSO
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 11:35 am
The livestream ?pivot? for the entertainment business meant making the most of the 2020 situation, with largely no in-person ticketed shows able to take place. Some were ahead of others, but TourGigs was beyond early.

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Kristin Somin Named Oriel's Director of Communications
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 10:48 am
The Oriel Co, a full-service communications firm launched in December by Carleen Donovan, Jen Appel and Chlo Walsh, is already expanding. Today it named Kristin Somin, formerly an RCA Records publicity manager, its director of communications. Somin will be based out of the company?s New York Office.

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Trey Anastasio's Divided Sky Foundation Details New Vermont Treatment Center
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 10:36 am
The Divided Sky Foundation, which falls under the larger charitable umbrella of Phish's WaterWheel Foundation, announced the purchase Thursday of a facility in Ludlow, Vt., and shared that the property will undergo building renovations and program development before a tentative opening at the end of 2021.

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UK Budget Lacks Government-Backed Insurance For Canceled Live Events
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 10:13 am
The UK has published its 2021 budget, which addresses many concerns the country?s live events sector has, apart from the most vital one: a government-backed insurance plan for events that are forced to cancel due to new COVID restrictions.

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Live In The Time Of COVID-19: Streaming Concerts For Thursday, March 4
 
Posted: 4 Mar 2021, 8:00 am
Concerts requiring mass,in-person gatherings have come to a halt thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but a germ can't stop the music. Artists across the globe are stepping up to perform in creative ways, most notably with livestreaming performances across social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and beyond.

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Yankee Stadium, Other Sports Venues Can Be Arenas To Defeat The Pandemic
 
Posted: 26 Feb 2021, 3:55 pm

By Doug Behar, Allen Hershkowitz

Guidance counselor (and Yankees fan) Lissette Gonzalez of South Bronx Prep received the 10,000th dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administered at Yankee Stadium, from Dr. Juan Tapia on Feb. 12, one of over 20,000 vaccinations given at the ballpark to date. PHOTO: KEVIN P. COUGHLIN / OFFICE OF GOV. ANDREW M. CUOMO

Today?s guest columnists are Doug Behar, senior vice president of stadium operations for theNew York Yankees, and Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, environmental science adviser to the New York Yankees.

Not since World War II has the sports industry faced a greater threat to its financial viability and operations. Now, as then, all sports organizations must join together to fight a common enemy. This time the enemy is a deadly virus that has infected more than 112 million people and killed nearly 2.5 million worldwide. In the United States, as of Wednesday, more than 28 million people have been infected, and more than a half million have died fromCOVID-19. Despite the recent progress, the coronavirus is still ripping across the country. In some regions, hospital beds are scarce, and while new cases are thankfully declining from last month?s peak of 200,000 daily, more than 50,000 new cases are still reported each day, and across the U.S., almost 1,500 people die daily from COVID-19.

Thankfully, progress is being made on the distribution of recently developed vaccines. On Feb. 5, Yankee Stadium opened as a vaccination location for our neighbors in the Bronx, with more than 20,000 people getting the vaccine at the facility thus far. They?re part of the approximately 65 million people who have been vaccinated across the nation, and it?s hoped that more than half of the population in the United States will be vaccinated by midsummer.

Essential though it is, a vaccine is only one of the weapons we need to defeat COVID-19. Moreover, while individual action is critical, it cannot be our only response to the pandemic.To reduce the threat of a spreading virus for the long term, all facilities should adopt the most protective operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education that medical and building science has to offer. Sports has a role to play here, too.

With sports venues committed to hosting at least some fans, adopting verifiable health and safety protocols is essential. Just this week in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has allowed venues that can accommodate more than 10,000 people to open at no more than 10% of capacity. Fans who attend will need to provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Across the country, arenas andstadiumswill increasingly have to submit venue-specific health and safety documentation to local communities and state departments of health.

The good news is that effective and evolving best practices in sports and events are readily available. The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has established the WELL Health-Safety Rating to optimize operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Lightning and dozens of other sports organizations have enrolled, as well as Royal Albert Hall, the Empire State Building and many other venues.

In addition, the Yankees have teamed with former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and other experts to co-chair IWBI?s WELL Health-Safety Advisory for Sports and Entertainment, focused on mobilizing the global sport sector in support of a universally agreed upon, medically informed health and safety protocol for venues and events.

As Nelson Mandela reminded us 20 years ago, ?Sport hasthe power to change the world.It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.? Unfortunately, at a time when the social and economic benefits of sports are needed more than ever, access to this important outlet is heavily restricted, and will remain so until the pandemic ends.

That?s why a smart, safe return to our venues is so vital. Through national and global coordination, and given its unparalleled market influence and cultural visibility, sport can play a uniquely influential role in helping to educate the world about how to reduce the spread of the pandemic. Doing this can save thousands of lives. Nothing is more urgent to address right now, and all government efforts, however effective they might be, need to be complemented by influential private sector initiatives.

Arguably the most critical need right now is providing confidence in local communities that health and safety protocols are grounded on verifiable medical and building science and whose correct implementation is third-party verified. Imagine how influential it would be for all sports venues and events?and their sponsors?to agree on a common, independently verified health and safety platform based on the best medical and building science.

The dramatic challenges we?ve all experienced in the past few months have instigated unprecedented challenges for the sports sector, as it has for all individuals, businesses and communities. To help restore the sporting events that matter so much to people throughout the world, we encourage facilities of all types to optimize operations, maintenance, emergency plans and stakeholder education by enrolling in a third-party program like the WELL Health-Safety Rating, which can verify, review and enhance the totality of a COVID-19 action plan.

Behar has been with the Yankees since 1998 and oversaw the opening of the new Yankee Stadium in 2009.Hershkowitz was a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council for 26 years and is co-chair of the International WELL Building Institute?s WELL Health-Safety Advisory on Sports and Entertainment.

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WNBA’s Atlanta Dream officially sold: Renee Montgomery an owner, Kelly Loeffler gone
 
Posted: 26 Feb 2021, 3:51 pm

By Analis Bailey, USA Today

The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have unanimously approved the sale of the Atlanta Dream to a three-member investor group,the team announced Friday.

Investors includechairman of real estate group Northland, Larry Gottesdiener, Northland President and CEO Suzzane Abair, and former Dream star Renee Montgomery.

Former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler(R-Ga.) is no longer an owner.

Last summer, co-owner Loeffler stood in opposition to the social justice messagingthe WNBA chose to represent throughout their season, calling the Black Lives Matter movement an anti-Semitic group based on Marxist principles. Her comments prompted immediate calls for her to sell the team.

?With the unanimous WNBA and NBA votes, today marks a new beginning for the Atlanta Dream organization and we are very pleased to welcome Larry Gottesdiener and Suzanne Abair to the WNBA,? said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a team statement. ?I admire their passion for women?s basketball, but more importantly, have been impressed with their values. I am also thrilled that former WNBA star Renee Montgomery will be joining the ownership group as an investor and executive for the team. Renee is a trailblazer who has made a major impact both in the game and beyond.?

Montgomery played her final two seasonsin the WNBA for the Dream and announced her retirement following her 11-year career in February. She opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice reforms.

Montgomery becomes the first former player to be an owner and an executive of a WNBA team

?My Dream has come true,? said Renee Montgomery. ?Breaking barriers for minorities and women by being the first former WNBA player to have both a stake in ownership and a leadership role with the team is an opportunity that I take very seriously. I invite you to join me as the Dream builds momentum in Atlanta!?

Founded in 2007, the Dream has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs eight times and has reached the WNBA Finals three times.

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

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USC ups commitment to sustainability with new fossil fuel-free investment strategy
 
Posted: 23 Feb 2021, 3:17 pm

By Gary Polakovic

USC will freeze making new investments in fossil fuels and liquidate current fossil fuel investments. (Illustration/iStock)

The Investment Committeeof the USC Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 4 to freeze making new investments in fossil fuels and to liquidate current fossil fuel investments over the next several years.

These investments are primarily in long-dated private partnerships, which are illiquid in nature. As such, the liquidation process will take several years to manage in a financially prudent manner.

The university also will create an Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility, formed with members of the Trojan community. It will review ethical and social concerns raised by the USC community and advise the Investment Committee on key issues that pertain to the endowment?s investments.

?I am very pleased with the decision made by the investment committee and look forward to working with the advisory committee on investment responsibility,? said President Carol L. Folt. ?This is the right action for USC.?

No dedicated fossil fuel investments have been made in more than two years as the investment merits of the sector became increasingly unattractive. Further, USC?s Investment Stewardship Policy, part of the endowment?s Investment Policy Statement, provides that environmental, social and governance factors will be considered when making all new investments. Students and faculty have long been advocates for such actions.

?Going forward, our new investment policies reinforce USC?s commitment to generate strong returns while also upholding USC?s values, including sustainability. We see this approach as a way to grow our portfolio and support clean, new technologies for the 21st century,? said Amy Diamond, USC?s chief investment officer.

This is part of a wider effort to make sustainability practices a priority across all facets of the university. USC is on the cusp of unveiling an environmental master plan that will guide the university for the next eight years toward ambitious sustainability goals. Solar panels have already beeninstalled on Galen Center, university employees receiveddiscounts for bus and rail passes, 150,000 energy-saving LEDs now light the campus and USC is partnering with the city of Los Angeles togrow an urban forestacross Eastside communities.

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Roush Fenway becomes 1st carbon neutral NASCAR team
 
Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 4:53 pm

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Roush Fenway Racing set a goal to reduce its carbon footprint even as it raced a pair of gas-guzzling cars all across the country.

The initiative started with small environmentally conscious measures that eventually grew into a companywide initiative. With support from partner Castrol, RFR became the first carbon neutral team in NASCAR.

Roush Fenway on Thursday announced its carbon neutrality certification according to the PAS 2060 standard, verified by independent third party ERM CVS. Roush reached the status throughout its entire organization, including operations and its two race teams, for 2020.

The team will mark the achievement Sunday at Daytona International Speedway with a special paint scheme on Ryan Newman’s car. The Ford is typically a dominant green with red accents when Castrol sponsors the No. 6.

Newman’s car this week will be stark white with a gray Castrol badge and muted logos from partners that supported the initiative. It created a clean look that symbolizes the minimalistic path to carbon neutrality. In its sponsorship negotiations with RFR, Castrol mandated a contract clause that the team work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset the balance.

“We’ve spent months tracking, quantifying, measuring our existing carbon footprint and ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” RFR president Steve Newmark said. “There’s no doubt that we have unavoidable carbon emissions in how we operate our business. When you race cars and travel around the country to do so, that will inevitably be part of our operations.

“We’re trying to show that even companies in an industry like ours can take steps to reduce overall emissions, and our hope is that it will set an example for other teams and the racing industry.”

To become carbon neutral, RFR set a goal to recycle 90% of every race car, including oil, rubber, aluminum and carbon fiber. The organization has reduced its overall waste produced by more than 100 tons over the past decade, switched to LED lighting throughout its campus, reduced energy consumption costs through computer-controlled HVAC systems and installed reflective roofing membranes to reduce solar heat gain.

Rainwater runoff at its North Carolina facility is captured and contained for landscape irrigation, and idling has been prohibited on campus to reduce emissions and air pollutants. The fleet of Roush company cars is being converted to Ford electric and hybrid vehicles.

Newman already has the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, the first Ford production developed from the ground up to produce a zero-emission vehicle.

“We as a society have to take notice to make an impact,” Newman said. “I’ve never been one to pride myself in driving around an electric vehicle, but the reality is that makes a big impact. I’m a V-8 [engine] guy with the rumble, and a hot rod sounds good, looks good and take the kids for ice cream in it — that’s me, right?

“The reality is that comes with a cost to our environment, and I’m aware of that more so than ever. There are things that we can all be doing better.”

Newman noted that once a week he picks up 15 gallons of trash from the road in front of his North Carolina farm. He fills 5-gallon buckets with wrappers, bottles, beer cans and bags from fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

“It’s sad that people can be that nasty,” Newman said. “Their mindset has nothing to do with greenhouse gases, or carbon footprints and offsets. They are more worried about not having trash on the floor of their car. They don’t care about what they are driving; they don’t care if it has a catalytic converters; they don’t care if the oil has been changed or what happened to the oil after.

“It’s a challenge, and the whole message here is that you don’t have to do that. You can be efficient. You just have to be smarter.”

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‘The Greenest Show on Grass’: How the Phoenix Open helped highlight golf’s growing sustainability issues
 
Posted: 10 Feb 2021, 6:49 pm

ByDavid Garrido

The 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open was significantly quieter because of the coronavirus pandemic limiting the on-site presence, but the tournament’s green message meant it was another week to shout about at TPC Scottsdale.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the best-attended events on the PGA Tour

It’s 20 degrees Celsius on a beautiful Sunday in late winter, and a spectacular aerial shot shows off the course and complex in its entirety, a streak of sunlight flaring off the lens.

“There’s 15-thousand people normally in the wrap-around stadia around the par-three 16th hole,” says Sky Sports presenter and commentator Rob Lee. That can only be TPC Scottsdale in Arizona and it can only be the WM Phoenix Open.

Golf fans know it well as the best-attended event in the sport and home to the loudest hole. Those are easy things to highlight, but it’s also “The Greenest Show On Grass”, so why doesn’t that part get quite so much press?

Maybe because the first two feel intrinsically so much more understandable, relatable… numbers of spectators, the decibel level. When the venue took in 216,818 fans on the Saturday in 2018, it set a single attendance day record greater than any football crowd ever (for the official record, 199,854 people were inside the Maracana Stadium when Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in the 1950 World Cup Final).

It is a truly unique experience that greets any golfer standing on the 16th tee at Scottsdale – if they haven’t faced it before, they don’t know what they’re in for. It can be brutally binary – cheers or boos. Covid permitting, that is, with the 2021 contest seeing crowds decimated and noise vastly reduced. That leaves ultimate selling point number three – what’s in a tournament name?

Glance down the calendars on both PGA and European Tours and you’ll find a whole host of different sectors represented within the title sponsors. Banks, insurance firms, airlines, car manufacturers, hotel groups and… Waste Management. Not the most attractive name, admittedly, but it does what it says on the bin – and more.

In their 2020 Sustainability Report, the WM Phoenix Open calculated that they emitted 1,128 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, all of which was offset. 100% of tournament materials were diverted from landfill, 100% renewable electricity was purchased, 50 million gallons of water were restored to the Verde River Valley. Even that cheeky WM water feature logo seen on the aerial shot was super-sustainable in itself, because the 144,000 golf balls used to compose it have been reused every year since 2012.

‘Zero waste’ isn’t just a buzz phrase, it’s a year-round philosophy for Lee Spivak, Managing Principal for Waste Management’s Sports and Entertainment Division. “Most people don’t realise that the entire construction and breakdown of the tournament is also zero waste, typically lasting about eight months,” he says.

“We analyse the greenhouse gas impact of disposal to make sure we are making the best choices for all materials that are generated, and this work is validated as part of our zero waste certification.”

So basically, they are taking responsibility for their environmental expenditure, while there’s an education piece here too. With typically more than 700,000 fans in over a week, that is some footfall to work with if you want to make a message land. How do you do that? Have a laugh with it.

Take the #BinThereDoneThat contest, challenging attendees to be creative with their recycling efforts and document it for all of social media to see. It’s a clever way of hooking in Generation Z, who are generally more engaged with this issue.

“The WM Phoenix Open attracts a wide-ranging audience and is considered a bucket-list sporting event,” Spivak adds. “It appeals to younger fans because it is unique, fun, and is committed to making a positive difference for our planet. This meaningful and far-reaching mission resonates with younger fans as the tournament demonstrates and proves that when we work together, we can actually inspire change.”

The Phoenix Open traditionally attracts the biggest crowds in golf

That involves deep social impact too, from the Sustainability Forum thought-leadership event and the partnerships with companies who turn recycled plastic bottles into shirts, shoes and swimwear, to the projects and programmes that benefit local communities in Arizona.

Under-18s enjoy free access all week with an adult, differently-abled and disabled people can get involved in tournament activities, while the Special Olympics are supported and military personnel are honoured as “Hometown Heroes”. For Spivak, it’s not just wholly holistic, but brilliantly effective.

“Inspiring behavioural change creates a ripple effect that surpasses any achievements on course,” he adds. “The scale is tremendous, going beyond the golf course.”

It shouldn’t be a surprise, given the way this event has been run for more than 80 years – by a prominent civic organisation, the Thunderbirds, whose raison d’tre is an interest in sport and a dedication to community affairs. Their current “Big Chief” is Chance Cozby, and while those bumper attendance figures might boost the bottom line and look impressive to some, it’s not something he’s ever wanted to make a big fuss about.

“The only number we really care about is charity,” said Cozby, as tournament chairman in 2019. A year later, the WM Phoenix Open raised $14m for more than 200 different organisations.

While the WM Phoenix Open has led the way in terms of sustainability (quite literally; they’re the only golf tournament to have signed up for the UN’s Sports for Climate Action Framework), others are starting to follow, the irony being the next best exponent is also an event staged in the desert. For the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, their achievements include reducing irrigation consumption by a third, switching their water supply to a 100% recycled source, and creating protected areas to preserve and encourage birdlife.

But to effect meaningful change, you need figureheads to inspire and keep this issue in the hearts and minds of golf fans, so who better than Suzann Pettersen, who holed the winning putt for Team Europe at the 2019 Solheim Cup? Last autumn, the Norwegian became a Sustainable Golf Champion for the non-profit GEO Foundation – and it’s fitting that her world view should be informed by the very reason she was seen as a controversial pick to face the USA at Gleneagles (the fact that she spent nearly two years away from golf on maternity leave).

Suzann Pettersen helped Team Europe to a 14.5-13.5 victory at Gleneagles in 2019

“As a mother of a young child, it is incredible how concerned you become over the future of the planet, its biodiversity, air quality, and climate,” she says. “These things are absolutely vital to the health and wellbeing of future generations, so we all need to do our best to make things better.”

And here’s another reason: golf itself is under threat.

TPC Scottsdale is well inland and 1,530 feet above sea level. But some courses aren’t so lucky, especially in the UK. The recent ‘Emergency on Planet Sport’ podcast series featured an episode where host Jonathan Overend visits Montrose Links, the world’s fifth-oldest golf course. Two tees have been moved already and more are at risk, as the coastline has been eroded by as much as two metres per year in the last decade.

That erosion and extreme weather in the form of storms battering the land border are a direct result of climate change, and if you thought it just affects a quaint old course like Montrose, you’d be wrong.

In a report published in June last year entitled ‘Playing Against the Clock: Global Sport, the Climate Emergency and the Case For Rapid Change’, author and leading academic David Goldblatt has predicted that within the next three decades, one in three courses used for the Open Championship will be damaged by rising sea levels, and “the R&A reports that one in six of The Open championship courses, including St. Andrews, Troon and Carnoustie, are unlikely to last out the century.”

It’s unthinkable, and yet, it’s inevitable unless more follow the Thunderbirds’ and WM Phoenix Open’s lead. While the coronavirus pandemic meant that the stadium hole at TPC Scottsdale was significantly quieter this year, the tournament’s green message is the one that really needs to be shouted about.

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“Good to Geaux” reusable containers arrive at several campus dining spots
 
Posted: 9 Feb 2021, 2:47 pm

By University of Louisiana Lafayette

Reusable hard plastic containers that hold takeout meals from UL Lafayette?s Caf Fleur de Lis, Cypress Lake Dining Hall and Lagniappe Caf have replaced disposable containers as part of the ?Good to Geaux? program. Photo credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette?s new ?Good to Geaux? containers are designed to be taken anywhere ? except landfills.

The reusable hard plastic containers hold takeout meals from UL Lafayette?s Caf Fleur de Lis, Cypress Lake Dining Hall and Lagniappe Caf. They?ve replaced disposable plastic containers as part of theGood to Geauxinitiative being coordinated by the University?sOffice of SustainabilityandCampus Dining Services.

?Good to Geaux is expected to keep about 225,000 disposable plastic containers out of waste streams each year, a significant stride in the University?s campus-wide push to produce zero waste,? said Gretchen LaCombe Vanicor, director of the Office of Sustainability.

The efforts underscore environmental objectives enumerated in UL Lafayette?sSustainability Strategic Plan. The plan calls for reusing, recycling or composting trash.

Campus will benefit from Good to Geaux as much as the ecosystem, said Monica Rowand, the University?s sustainability coordinator. ?The reusable containers will reduce the amount of trash that ends up in bins, which will reduce waste management services costs.?

As part of the program, students with meal plans receive one free container. Diners without plans can purchase their first container for $4.99.

After meals, empty containers are deposited into what Rowand describes as ?reverse vending machines.? In exchange, ?they get a non-monetary token that they redeem for another container before their next meal,? she explained.

Containers retrieved from the receptacles will be thoroughly washed and sanitized in industrial-grade dishwashers.

?We?re encouraging people to return containers immediately after they eat to prevent inundating dining services staff at peak meal times, and reduce the likelihood containers will get lost or broken,? Rowand explained.

Machines for returning containers are at five locations.

Cypress Lake Dining Hall and Lagniappe Caf in the UL Lafayette Student Union each have one. Caf Fleur di Lis, near Legacy Park Apartments, has a third machine. The Ragin? Cajuns Food Court in Agnes Edwards Hall and the Cox Communications Athletic Complex also have machines.

Dining halls aren?t the only spots on campus where eco-friendliness is on the menu. During the 2018 football season, fans at home games began eating from reusable containers and biodegradable plates using wooden forks, spoons and knives.

The shift marked the latest gain in the University?szero waste efforts at Cajun Field, a move that also saw composting added to existing recycling efforts.

The efforts mean as much as 75 percent of the recyclable and compostable materials recovered after football games are now diverted from landfills, Vanicor said.

Recovered materials go to facilities for recycling, and to the University?s 600-acre Experimental Farm near Cade, La., for conversion to compost that?s used to fertilize campus greenery.

Materials also, in some cases, end up as outdoor seats. Discarded ice bags and cling wrap are sent to a company that makes park benches from the plastics.

?Finding creative ways to convert waste into resources are central to responsible environmental stewardship, a role that the University remains committed to for the betterment of our campus and community,? Vanicor said.

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ViacomCBS Commits To Climate Action In Sports
 
Posted: 5 Feb 2021, 10:26 pm

By Nicole Bitette

The company signed the United Nations? Sports for Climate Action Declaration ahead of the 2021 Super Bowl.

Ahead of Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, ViacomCBS signed the United Nations? Sports for Climate Action Declaration, as the company continues its commitment to transparency and environmental sustainability.

The declaration outlinesfive key areasof climate-related commitments, including reducing the impact of sports on climate change. ViacomCBS? Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report team, in partnership with CBS Sports, will promote greater environmental responsibility and increase awareness of the effect of sports on the climate, especially as it relates to greenhouse gas emissions and how they are generated through activities like media production and travel. ViacomCBS? letter of commitment to the UN solidifies its continuedcommitment to reportingon its impact on climate and mitigation strategies.

ViacomCBS is the first American broadcast company to get on board. The Chairman of CBS Sports, Sean McManus, and Julia Phelps, EVP chief communications officer and corporate marketing officer, ViacomCBS signed the letter. Other signatories include NFL Green, BBC Sport, Sky Sports, Channel 4, the New York Yankees, the NBA, and the International Olympic Committee.

Earlier this year, ViacomCBSpublished its first ESG reporthighlighting three areas of focus: On-Screen Content and Social Impact, Workforce and Culture, and Sustainable Production and Operations. By working in tandem with CBS Sports and NFL Green, the ESG team will work towards increasing the sustainability of sports production and operations in particular starting with Super Bowl LV.

At the big game, some of the initiatives will include banning plastic bags and straws and making vests from recycled plastic in order to protect Tampa Bay, as well as working with a local solar power provider, renting hybrid vehicles when available, and donating to local food banks in the area.

?This is a commitment to be transparent about our impact as a media company and its extension to the sports component of our business. So, in our annual ESG report this year, we will put an even greater emphasis on CBS sports and its connection to ESG leadership,? explains Crystal Barnes, SVP, corporate social responsibility, environmental, social and governance (ESG), ViacomCBS.

?We want to be a leader in ESG, and that is what makes us really proud to be the first to sign onto this. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and know that we have an important role to play in sports because of CBS Sports.?

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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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