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IAVM Events

Feb. 11-14
Performing Arts Managers Conference
New York, N.Y.

Feb. 19-24
Academy for Venue Safety & Security
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Feb. 27-28
Severe Weather Preparedness Training Course
Norman, Okla.

May 14-17
Senior Executive Symposium
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

June 2-8
Venue Management School at Oglebay
Wheeling, W.Va.

June 2-8
Venue Management School Graduate Institute
Wheeling, W.Va.

July 21-24
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Alliance Events

Feb. 26–27
Convention Sales Professionals International Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.


IAVM names new vice presidents to staff
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In a bold move to ensure the International Association of Venue Managers is meeting its mission, President and CEO Vicki Hawarden, CMP, has restructured the IAVM staff to nimbly respond to current economic times and meet member needs. "The goal is an organizational structure that will ensure we have strong leaders focused on our core business: value to our members; financial stability and growth; and operational excellence," Hawarden said. More

 Industry News

Darwin Convention Centre earns Gold Certification
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This year started well for the team at the Darwin Convention Centre in Australia as the International Association of Congress Centres awarded the facility with Gold Certification, the highest possible achievement in its Quality Standards Program. Darwin Convention Centre successfully completed a rigorous external audit, joining a select group of only 18 AIPC convention facilities to have successfully achieved this certification to date. More

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Los Angeles Convention Center grows and reconfigures
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Anschutz Entertainment Group and city officials have unveiled plans for an elevated downtown event hall. The roughly 20,000-square-foot facility is planned as part of an expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, first built in 1971. Renderings presented before a city committee illustrated how the new building would connect the center's existing South Hall with a proposed football stadium. More

Smart City Networks to maintain upgraded Wi-Fi network at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Convention Center
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After coordinating the installation and integration of upgrades to the Wi-Fi network at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Smart City Networks will manage the day-to-day operations of the upgraded Wi-Fi network that can keep tens of thousands of people wirelessly online. Smart City Networks coordinated the integration of the previous Wi-Fi system with the upgrades and will remain on-site as the manager and daily operator of the network at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. More

Former theater seen as a centerpiece for Baltimore arts district
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Inside the once-bustling movie theater on North Avenue in Baltimore, moss thrives on shattered marble walls. Broken tiles hang from the ceiling. Rainwater pours through the roof. But this derelict structure is now seen as a future centerpiece for the growing midtown arts district. A nonprofit developer, financially backed by the Maryland Institute College of Art and a private foundation, envisions the Art Deco building as the home of film screenings, music venues, artists' studios, galleries, a playhouse and a restaurant. More

Olympic venue naming rights up for sale
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London soon could be treated to a new raft of daftly-named landmarks, as the long term naming rights for key Olympic venues are put up for sale. The Olympic Park Legacy Company is seeking sponsors for Stratford's Olympic Stadium, Copper Box handball arena and Aquatics Centre. The sponsors gain naming rights when the venues reopen in 2013. Applicants have until March 2 to register their interest, with a final decision in May. The venues will each lose the "Olympic" portion of their title when they take on sponsorship, as the International Olympic Committee strictly forbids properties still associated with the games from receiving commercial branding. More

Queensland arts minister announces major study into Brisbane's long-term venue needs
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Arts Minister Rachel Nolan announced that tenders are being called for a comprehensive study which will determine the exact need for an additional performing arts venue in Brisbane. "Opinion abounds about the nature of need for a new venue and the purpose of this study is to establish a strong body of economic evidence for that claim," Nolan said. "The study will look at experience in other Australian capitals, including the appropriate mix of public and private funding for arts venues." More

Rishon Lezion builds major amphitheater in Israel
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The central city of Rishon Lezion has taken upon itself to build Israel's largest open-air venue — an amphitheater with 4,000 seats and room for another 16,000 viewers. "We are ready to host all international performances arriving in Israel," Mayor Dov Tzur said. The multipurpose complex is slated to host a variety of events and performances which have been held so far in soccer and basketball stadiums. More

Larry Olmsted: Super Bowl XLVI's real winner? Indianapolis
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Sunday's Super Bowl was the most watched television event in American history, tuned into by nearly half of all households and at peak time, more than 117,000,000 viewers. Ad rates were $3.5 million per 30-second spot, and while viewers debated who was better, an overweight Volkswagen obsessed dog or Clint Eastwood, the real beneficiary of all that airtime and all those viewers was the city of Indianapolis. More

 Association News

Want your city to be the next host for the International Convention Center Conference?
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The International Convention Center Conference is looking for a place to be in 2013. "Members of IAVM working in the convention center industry are welcome to host this exciting and growing conference," said Sandy Webb, CMP, director of meetings. "We are now accepting bids for locations in the eastern U.S." An RFP outlining qualifications for hosting can be obtained by emailing Webb, or by calling 972-538-1012.

Green Sports Alliance offers webinar on green cleaning in sports venues
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IAVM members are invited to enjoy a free webinar from the Green Sports Alliance. The webinar, Strategies and Better Practices for Simple, Cost-Effective, Non-Toxic Green Cleaning in Sports Facilities, will be presented from 10-11 a.m. PST on Feb. 22. Presenters include Stephen Ashkin, widely considered the "Father of Green Cleaning;" Keith Schneringer of Waxie Sanitary Supply; and Katy Severinsen of Aramark.

 On the Move

Members in transition
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Many of IAVM's members are on the move and in transition throughout the industry, including Don Graham, who was promoted to vice president and assistant general manager for Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Also, Lisa Serada has been appointed senior sales manager, national and international associations, for Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. More

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