Conventions

LOU'S VIEWS: Trying out the games of Gen Con

August 24, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, reviews of new games found at Gen Con and a nostalgic misfire from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
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ICVA might take out loan to market city for conventionsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is so desperate for more marketing funding, the organization charged with promoting the city as a convention and tourism destination is considering taking out a loan. While that would be the last resort, ICVA CEO Don Welsh said it is one he will have to consider if the money can’t be raised through local taxes.
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A new centerpiece for city's convention strategy: medical, science groupsRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association is putting together an all-star corporate consortium to make the city a hub for medical and life sciences conventions, meetings and trade shows. The ICVA began running the initiative full-speed this year and already has signed deals to bring 40 medical meetings to Indianapolis through 2015, including annual meetings for the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2012 and the American College of Sports Medicine and American Chemical Society in 2013.
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Indianapolis hotels feel pain of national slumpRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Hotel occupancy rates are way down in Indianapolis, as they are elsewhere, but local operators and national analysts think the city is in a good position to bounce back when the economy improves.
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Experts doubt Indianapolis can lure huge conventionsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Scott Olson
Indianapolis already hosts three of the top 200 conventions in the country. But additional meeting space coming online late next year could help the city double the number.
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Outlying counties, tired of waiting for Indianapolis convention spillover, set own strategiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some industry insiders worry that, while Indianapolis is busy chasing bigger conventions, adjoining counties may raid the cupboard made plentiful by investments within Marion County, particularly downtown.
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Indianapolis outpaces Cincinnati in many convention measuresRestricted Content

June 1, 2009

In this Quick Hits look at a competing convention city, Cincinnati boasts more convention space, but Indianapolis draws more guests.

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New motorsports trade show takes aim at departed PRIRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Still stinging from the city's loss of the giant Performance Racing Industry trade show in 2004, a group of local motorsports business advocates is racing to put on a competing event.
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Minority, women contracts rise for Convention Center projectRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The hiring of minority- and women-owned businesses to work on the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion is far ahead of state requirements and has surpassed rates that were registered for the $715 million Lucas Oil Stadium project.
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Raising already-lofty lodging levy could cause convention planners to bypass IndianapolisRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
Raising Indianapolis' tax on hotel rooms — already one of the highest rates in the nation — could be the tipping point that causes conventioneers to bypass Indianapolis, some industry experts say.
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New terminal plays big role in city marketing campaignRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Scott Olson
Local tourism supporters are prominently featuring the Indianapolis International Airport's makeover in a branding campaign rolled out earlier this month.
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Conventions going high-tech with RFIDRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle

Radio frequency identification—better known as RFID—is making its way to trade shows and conventions, providing a plethora of information about attendees.

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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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Indianapolis 'raising the game' for tourism

January 22, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lackluster economy be darned, Indianapolis' tourism trade gained ground in 2008. And the city's new head cheerleader has even higher hopes for this year and beyond.
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Tourism chief hired from SeattleRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Though few knew what to think when Don Welsh announced in June he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Convention center, please go greenRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Wouldn't it be great to offer the new addition to the Convention Center as an example of green-building practices?
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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ICVA embarking on new direction with new CEO WelshRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh is quickly making a name for himself as a change agent. Though few knew what to think when Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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Reader suggests IBJ journalists probe officials' assertionsRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The airport authority should not assume a 3-percent growth rate because of the new airport, and the FFA Convention was not as wildly successful as reported. Mayor Peterson shouldn't be held out as a good example of a mayor who supports public transportation.
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FFA benefits cityRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The FFA brought vitality and $40 million to Indianapolis' economy during its recent convention here.
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City prepares to compete for mega-conventions, risks losing small eventsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Over the years, the city has made a name for itself by hosting a handful of large conventions and a bevy of small and midsize gatherings.  But as companies and other organizations tighten their belts, the number of conventions held nationwide is expected to shrink in the months ahead.

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Convention Center President Bob Bedell to retireRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Bob Bedell worked behind the scenes for months--if not years--to make the case for expanding the Indiana Convention Center and building a 1,000-room hotel nearby. But someone else will have to fill both venues with visitors. The 60-year-old Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association president has said he'll retire at the end of June.
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CEDIA delaying comeback to convention centerRestricted Content

July 30, 2007
Andrea Muirragui
One of the two massive trade shows forced to leave Indianapolis because of a convention center space crunch isn't coming back as soon as expected. Locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association is changing course three years after agreeing to return its fall CEDIA Expo to Indianapolis for four years beginning in September 2010.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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