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  • Cleveland’s bid to host the National Shooting Sports Foundation Industry Summit in 2016 or 2017 has been nixed by event organizers.
  • The NSSF said Cleveland shot itself in the foot by approving a citywide gun-control measure. NSSF is still weighing other host cities....
  • A Saint Paul brewpub has created a custom ale for the 9,000 attendees at the Minnesota Dental Association convention April 23-25.
  • Tartar Control IPA will be poured at the downtown Great Waters Brewing Company, a popular watering hole for convention attendees....
  • The Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis, near America’s Center, are getting a makeover. The $380 million project will be ready in 2017.
  • Plans include expanding park space and renovating the nearby museum and historic courthouse....
  • Australia’s Adelaide Convention Center drew 25,000 people to a Lego-themed public event it organized to fill in its calendar.
  • The inaugural “Brick-a-laide” held on Easter weekend featured Lego sculptures by 50 international artists and will become an annual event...
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Philadelphia, PA – Two Philadelphia unions that had lost their jurisdictions for missing the deadline to agree to new work rules at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) will get another chance to convince a state regulator that they were improperly locked out.  Jack Marino, a hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB), unexpectedly and without explanation, announced in mid-April that he had reversed his earlier ruling that the PLRB did not have jurisdiction in the complaint filed against the PCC by the carpenters and Teamsters locals. In the meantime, the new work rules remain in place. ...
Anaheim, CA – Ground was broken yesterday for the latest expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center, already the largest trade show venue in Southern California. The target date for completion is Summer 2017. The plan calls for the addition of 200,000 square feet (sf) of flex space, which will help address the increased demand for meeting space. Half of the new space will be column-free and ceilings will stretch 25 feet high. The plan also includes new loading docks, a pedestrian walkway, 10,000 sf of balcony function space and another 1,350 parking spaces. ...
Kiawah Island, SC –  A large and high-ranking group of participants, coupled with strong content,  made for a powerful CEO Summit staged by the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), April 13-16, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a 30-mile drive from Charleston, SC. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the SISO CEO Summit drew 250 attendees. The three-day event featured high-end networking functions and sessions that focused on the event's theme, Game On.  During the event, Charles McCurdy, CEO, Apprise Media, officially took over as SISO chairman. The big news, however, was when McCurdy announced the unanimous vote of the SISO board:  that Exposition Development Company Inc. (ExpoDevCo) was selected as the new management company for SISO, and David Audrain, CEO of ExpoDevCo, would become SISO’s next executive director. Also during the luncheon, Bob Harar, chairman and CEO of National Trade Productions, was presented with the Robert L. Krakoff SISO Leadership Award, which is awarded annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the face-to-face industry throughout his career. ...
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Arlington, VA – When the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) convenes in Washington, DC next month, it will pack a punch with six sessions focused on helping trade show organizers address burning issues and take advantage of emerging opportunities for their events.  Presented by Lippman Connects, the one-day conference is limited to just 200 top-level executives who will hear from 12 presenters about keeping up with economic and technology changes, becoming more focused on sustainability and achieving continued growth for events. Additional sessions will address show floor synergy, building brand loyalty and best practices for attendee acquisition and exhibit sales. ...
Pawtucket, RI – The cannabis business is moving at such a rapid clip that the organizing cycle for trade shows serving the industry can be described in “pot years.”  “The industry is moving wickedly fast,” said George Jage, president and publisher of Rhode Island show organizer Marijuana Business Media (MBM). “In our strategic planning, I designate a ‘pot year’ as a three-month period. In that time, scores of new companies are created, hundreds of new products are introduced, and millions of dollars in new capital is pumped into the market.” Here is how Jage and others are seizing this new market opportunity. ...
Indianapolis, IN -  The passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana in March stirred up a hornet’s nest of criticism nationwide, including warnings from corporate meeting planners and trade show organizers that the law could open the door to discrimination against attendees. The threat of potential boycotts by trade shows in Indiana was also raised.  Here's how lawmakers and the CVB resolved the controversy and made it clear that every person is indeed welcome and respected in Indiana. ...
Newtown, CT – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) went in-house to find its new event director to help run the SHOT Show. Melissa Schilling was promoted to director of exhibitions and conferences, replacing Deidre Cauley, who left the association for another opportunity. Schilling joined the NSSF in 2003 and was most recently director of recruitment and retention where she oversaw various member programs. Schilling will report to Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Show operations are run by ConvExx. ...
Houston, TX – Southern California hotel executive Mike Waterman has been named president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) and executive vice president of Houston First, the agency that operates the Texas city’s convention facilities.  Waterman is currently based in Los Angeles as Marriot International’s vice president of sales for the Southwest region. He will join the GHCVB on May 11 and replace Greg Ortale, who stepped down last Summer after plans were announced to merge the GHCVB with Houston First Corp. ...
Frankfurt  - Messe Frankfurt is restructuring its Entertainment, Media & Creation trade show business to bring together all of its live entertainment, cultural and creative events under the Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound trade show brands. Together, those two brands account for seven worldwide events. As part of the reorganization, Kai Hattendorf, vice president of digital business since 2011, also will oversee the new business sector and spearhead the reorganization.  ...
Chicago, IL – Attendees at the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit will be taking a little bit of Italy home with them this year, thanks to Global Experience Specialists (GES) and onPeak | GES, sponsors of the opening day activities. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush steakhouse will be the destination for arrival-day guests who will not only sample the Italian fare that has made it a Windy City landmark, but they will also be getting down-and-delicious themselves in a contest to turn out the best batch of pasta. Italian born Executive Chef Christian Fantoni will be the host and coach of TSE’s Fastest 50 attendees, who will be broken out into teams. They will first learn the tricks of the trade and then battle it out “Iron Chef” style for the honor of Top Pasta Producers in the trade show industry. ...
Atlanta, GA – Chris Price has left Graphic Arts Show Company after nearly nine years to join Tradeshow Logic as its chief strategy officer. Price, who had led PRINT and GRAPH EXPO during some challenging times for the printing industry,  was honored at last year’s Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit with the “Marketing Genius Award” and “Master of Co-Location.” ...
Kiawah Island, NC – Exposition Development Company Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and its President and CEO David Audrain will take the reins of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) in January 2016, announced SISO Chairman Charlie McCurdy during the association’s annual business meeting today at the SISO CEO Summit. He will replace Lew Shomer, who held the high-profile position since 2009 and had opted not to renew his contract. The vote by the SISO Board was unanimous. ...
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