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IAVM hires researcher to manage VenueDataSource surveys
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Market research professional Frank Ingoglia has been hired as the new IAVM Foundation grant-funded research manager. Ingoglia began Dec. 5 and reports to Dana Glazier, CAE, director of research, on the IAVM Foundation grant-funded research project, VenueDataSource. Ingoglia has more than 30 years of hands-on management experience at several major market research firms. More

Become a mentor in IAVM's Mentor Connector Program
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The Diversification Committee invites all interested individuals to become involved in the Mentor Connector Program. For many of us in venue management, we learned valuable and key components of our industry through individuals who took time to show us "How To." Whether you have been in venue management for five years or 25 years, the Mentor Connector Program can benefit from your knowledge and experience which can be shared with those seeking to expand their skill set or map out their career goals. More

Ivy League learning environment for venue management
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IAVM's Senior Executive Symposium will offer Visionary Management for Leaders (first-year curriculum) May 14–17, at the internationally recognized Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. With more than 75 years' combined experience, the SES faculty provides qualified leadership and instruction for students. More

Superior severe weather venue safety training
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At the 2012 Academy for Venue Safety & Security, you'll draft an emergency preparedness plan specific for your individual venue, receive invaluable how-to tools and gain a network of experts you can rely on for advice and solutions. AVSS will provide the tools and resources you need to improve your venue's emergency preparedness plan, further develop your leadership skills, properly assess risk and maximize available resources. More

 Industry News

No moment of surrender: U2 in Montreal
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In fall 2009, arena and theater consultant Trizart Alliance was presented with an immense challenge by the general manager of Evenko, Jacques Aubé, and Live Nation Global Touring's chief executive, Arthur Fogel: Find an alternative to the inoperable Olympic Stadium for a one night U2 performance in Montréal in July 2010. Given the scale of the show and the number of seats involved, Pierre Lemieux of Trizart spontaneously suggested that they build a temporary stadium, from the ground up, expressly for the event. This marked the beginning of a challenging journey which would lead to the most important "paying" show in Canada, attracting more than 162,000 spectators.

AEG Ogden to operate new Oman Convention Centre
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AEG Ogden, one of the world's leading convention and exhibition management companies has been appointed to operate the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat. The center is being developed by Omran, the company established by the government of Oman to deliver major projects and manage its assets and investments in the tourism sector.

Informational meeting on 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act planned for Texas
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Are you aware of the workplace lactation accommodations that were enacted with the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Qena McCarty, a woman entrepreneur participant in the Texas State University RampCorp Program, has partnered with GSC Architects to develop best practice lactation room designs (and products) for workplace and public facilities needing to comply with PPACA. The groups will host a free market research event on lactation accommodation in facilities from 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the GSC Architect office in Austin, Texas. More

Oregon Convention Center opens new Portland Roasting Cafe
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The Oregon Convention Center recently cut the ribbon and opened the first of two brand new cafes operated by Roast Magazine's 2012 Macro Roaster of the Year, Portland Roasting Coffee. The new cafe was designed with the Pacific Northwest aesthetic in mind; a large slab of reclaimed Oregon old-growth fir frames the entrance and also serves as the platform for tables and the coffee bar inside. Portland Roasting Coffee's second OCC cafe is scheduled to open in early 2012.

$11.25 million puts Pinnacle name on Lincoln, Neb., arena
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Husker basketball fans now can hope their teams will play king of the mountain at the future Pinnacle Bank Arena. Pinnacle Bank announced it will pay $11.25 million to put its name on the sports and entertainment complex in downtown Lincoln, Neb. The venue is scheduled to open in 2013. More

London Olympics doubles spending on security to $870 million
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The United Kingdom government doubled its security budget for the London Olympics to 553 million pounds ($870 million) after a review found more staff was needed for next year's games. The increase won't force organizers to change the overall Olympic and Paralympic budget, according to a government quarterly report. The new budget will pay for 23,700 security personnel, up from the original 10,000, and the associated recruiting and training costs. They will guard more than 100 venues, the government said. More

Most valuable stadiums in America ranked by 24/7 Wall St.
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Corporations can spend hundreds of millions of dollars just so they can put their name on major league sports stadiums. The group 24/7 Wall St. looked that the 13 largest stadium-naming rights deals and found several unrelated reasons for these extraordinary investments. More

Brazil says stadiums to be ready for 2014 World Cup
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Work on stadiums that will host the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will largely be completed ahead of schedule, Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said. Brazilian authorities are racing to build or renovate the 12 stadiums in time for one of the world's premier sporting events. More

Robert Aitken: 10 places where WrestleMania should be held sooner or later
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When WrestleMania XXVIII hits Florida in April, it will be the first time that Miami hosts the huge event, which has turned into a great place for revenue to come from. Businesses in the area benefit from simply holding the event, as well as a city being recognized as a great place for a WWE event. Needless to say, cities are lining up annually to be chosen for a future WrestleMania. More

 On the Move

Members in transition
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Zev Buffman, incoming president and chief executive of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., announced the appointment of Stephanie Smith as chief development officer and Melissa Reddington as director of membership of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater, Fla.

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