Conventions

More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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ICVA unlikely to seek loan to pay for enhanced marketing

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The idea of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association taking out a loan was not warmly received by city officials. And financial institutions were less than thrilled with the idea given the ICVA’s diminishing revenue and increasing costs.
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Black engineers group chooses city for 2013 convention

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association said today the National Society of Black Engineers will hold its annual convention here in March 2013.
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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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