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IAVM Events

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.


PAMC caps 20th anniversary in record-setting style
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New York City, with its rich theatrical history and ongoing passion for the arts, proved to be the perfect backdrop for the 20th Performing Arts Managers Conference, held Feb. 10-14. Record highs were set for attendance, and sponsorship dollars contributed by the outstanding allied members of IAVM, including Wenger Corp., which once again stepped up as the title sponsor. More

 Industry News

Revised plans for Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
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The latest design plans for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park were released Feb. 8 by the city of Ottawa and its development partners, the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group. In June 2010, the Ottawa City Council approved the framework for proceeding with the controversial project and since that time, a battery of senior city staff, partners and consultants have been refining the designs, business plans and implementation strategies. More

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Nashville's Music City Center reaches topping out
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The Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., held a topping out party Jan. 19 as the final piece of structural steel was put into place. Approximately 1,500 workers on the site enjoyed lunch in the Music City Center's junior ballroom to celebrate the occasion. This marked the first official event in the 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom. After lunch and a program, crews headed back to continue working on the 57,500-square-foot grand ballroom and 353,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The Music City Center is scheduled to open in spring 2013. More

Raleigh Convention Center goes solar
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The city of Raleigh, N.C., announced that construction has begun on a 500-kilowatt solar energy system at the Raleigh Convention Center. The rooftop system will be the city's largest urban solar energy system. When completed in April, 2,080 photovoltaic panels covering approximately 60 percent of the convention center's roof will produce an estimated 725,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. That will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 500 tons annually, equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from about 100 passenger vehicles.

US: Visa processing up in China, will reopen facility to meet demand
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The State Department has increased visa processing in China, reduced wait times, and introduced a pilot program that waives interviews for some nonimmigrant applicants, according to Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China. Locke said that in 2011, the state department processed more than 1 million visa applications in China, an increase of 34 percent over the previous year, and that in the first few months of fiscal year 2012, it had processed 48 percent more visas in China compared to the same period in 2011. To meet increasing demand, Locke said the embassy is assigning 50 new consular officers to China and will reopen a consular facility in Beijing that will increase interviewing in the city by 50 percent. More

Honda Center officially breaks ground on new expansion
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Officials gathered at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., to mark the groundbreaking of the venue's most extensive upgrade. Representatives from Anaheim Arena Management, the city-owned center's management firm, and Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait donned hard hats and wielded golden shovels to recognize the commencement of the ambitious project. The Grand Terrace project encompasses several new upgrades, including the construction of a new full-service restaurant, an expansion of the existing team store, and the highlight of the project, the new Grand Terrace itself. More

 Association News

DHS releases risk self-assessment tool for convention centers
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The Department of Homeland Security announced the release of its Risk Self-Assessment Tool, a free, online, easy-to-use risk assessment tool for convention centers that was developed by the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection. The RSAT can help convention center managers put their security dollars to better use by identifying, evaluating, and diminishing threats and vulnerabilities, including exposure to foreign and domestic terrorist attacks and natural hazards, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires. More

VenueDataSource offers complimentary webinars for IAVM members, interested participants
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Set aside some time to get up to speed on the new IAVM VenueDataSource. Many convenient times and dates are available for participation in webinars around the world. More

IAVM delivers visionary management education
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Most management is focused on the now — discovering now, adapting now, exploiting now — when in reality, focus should be on the future — adapting to the future and discovering the future. At IAVM's Senior Executive Symposium, planned for May 14-17 in Ithaca, N.Y., attendees will learn what it takes to be an influencer in their organizations and why management must move from systems thinking to strategic thinking for success in problem solving and optimizing opportunities for change and growth. More

New blog to highlight IAVM Travel
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IAVM's new travel program is developed to meet all your business and travel needs in the convenience of one place — a one-stop-shop for airfare, hotel reservations and car rentals. To help you make the most of this service, IAVM Travel will be featured in a new blog on VenueNet. There, the creators of the program will highlight program features and great deals, plus provide helpful hints for using the exclusive member offering. Check IAVM Travel here.

IAVM members to receive preferred pricing for CSPI conference
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IAVM members interested in attending the Convention Sales Professionals International conference may register with preferred pricing. Best Practices―Bringing It to Life! Will be held Feb. 26-27 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the CSPI website.

 On the Move

Members in transition
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Several of our members are on the move and in transition, including Brandon "Randy" Phillips, who signed a new five-year contract to remain president and CEO of AEG Live; Tina Suca, new vice president, entertainment at ArenaNetwork; and Paul Keough, who was appointed senior vice president, sales and client service, for the Ottawa Convention Centre. More

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