Conventions

LOU's VIEWS: Great game hunting at GenCon 2014

August 23, 2014
Lou Harry
GenCon has left behind a trail of games acquired by more than 56,000 attendees...including me. Here are my favorites, with options to please the game aficionado without scaring off the Apples to Apples crowd.
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Gaming convention sets another attendance record

August 19, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con 14, which wrapped up Sunday, drew 56,614 unique visitors to the Indiana Convention Center, surpassing 2013’s previous record of 49,530.
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REI Investments agrees to buy site of former GM stamping plant

August 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The local developer plans to purchase the entire 102-acre property, which has been earmarked for a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue and the city's new criminal justice complex.
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Political conventions fell short on return on investmentRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Daunting scheduling and fundraising challenges led city officials to walk away from opportunities to bid on the 2016 national conventions for both Republicans and Democrats, but the city’s latest Super Bowl setback might make the 2020 political conventions alluring.
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After Super Bowl setback, Indianapolis races to lure other events

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A stinging defeat for Indy’s quest to land the 2018 Super Bowl leaves a giant opening in the city’s convention schedule and brings new urgency to recruiting future sports events.
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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its convention of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.
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City beat steep odds to land NRA convention

April 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
City tourism officials worked for years to bring second-largest convention ever to Indianapolis.
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UPDATE: Indy 'unlikely' to seek 2016 party conventions

April 22, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Despite an invitation from the Democratic National Committee to bid for the party's nominating convention, Mayor Greg Ballard says Indianapolis has too many commitments on its plate.
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Firefighter convention expecting record attendance

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
A record-breaking 32,000 firefighters are expected at the annual event, which started Monday and runs through Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center.
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Visit Indy to map city's strategy for tourism

February 10, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The $178,000 study will answer key questions about how the city can better connect its highlights, attract and please business and leisure travelers, and hook up with corporate partners.
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National Rifle Association convention debuts in Indy

February 8, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Businesses are scrambling to decide how to cater to the massive confab.
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Tourism officials kept mum on NRA convention for years

January 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Visit Indy officials finalized a deal in 2010 to bring the National Rifle Association's annual convention here in 2014. They say the NRA asked them not to publicize the event. The group disagrees.
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Indy committee advances new panhandling proposal

November 20, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An Indianapolis City-County Council committee has approved a proposal that would ban panhandling and other forms of begging near bank entrances, ATMs and other specified areas.
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City designs new strategy to combat panhandlingRestricted Content

November 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A bipartisan group of city-county councilors is considering an ordinance that would increase panhandling restrictions, including barring panhandling and street performances within 50 feet of any area where any financial transaction is made.
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Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy

November 14, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New convention prospects are talking to the city's marketing agency after passage of the city's expanded smoking ordinance last year.
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger ClevelandRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
A comparison of the convention and tourism businesses.
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Racing home: Fast-growing trade show returns to IndyRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The upcoming Performance Racing Industry Show—in its first year back in Indianapolis since 2004—is beating expectations for exhibitors, attendees and, most important, visitor spending.
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Ritzier hotels may lure top events, but year-round demand unclear

October 26, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis lacks a five-star hotel, a fact some hospitality experts think could hurt the city’s chances of landing the 2018 Super Bowl. But there’s no consensus on whether the city should go more upscale.
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Work starting on French Lick Resort expansion

October 22, 2013
Associated Press
A ceremony was held Monday to mark the start of a $15.5 million expansion of the events center at the French Lick Resort in southern Indiana.
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Crafting Indianapolis' convention biz took guts

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Ex-Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association chief Bill McGowan weighs the pay-off.
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Long way to go to fill expanded Indiana Convention CenterRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Eighteen months after the expansion opened, indicators of success are mixed.
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IUPUI to show off elaborate game at Gen Con

August 13, 2013
Associated Press
The entire Indiana Convention Center will be the stage for the game, which uses video mapping and projectors that will create a large crystalline display showing the game results. The four-day Gen Con event begins Thursday.
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Crowd funding taps passionate fan base for fantasy figurinesRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Dan Human
A growing number of small game companies will join a pantheon of industry titans starting Aug. 15 at the Gen Con Indy gaming convention. The small guys are there largely because they can get the money they need to keep themselves alive via the fundraising technique known as “crowd funding” or “crowd sourcing.”
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HENEGAR: Proposed panhandling ban appears unconstitutionalRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Jane Henegar / Special to IBJ
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana believes in the power of the First Amendment to give the powerless a voice. Our constitutional right to free expression allows us to confront our greatest challenges, including poverty and homelessness.
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San Diego tourism market significantly larger than Indy's

April 27, 2013
A side-by-side comparison of the tourism and convention industries in Indianapolis and San Diego.
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