Meeting & Event Planning

U.S. prosecutors from across nation meeting in Indy

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Federal prosecutors from across the country are gathering in Indianapolis to discuss ways to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals, among other violent crime initiatives.
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Anderson's Paramount Theatre seeks donations

June 1, 2014
Associated Press
The landmark Paramount was saved from demolition 25 years ago, but the man who saved it left $800,000 in mortgage debt when he died last month.
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Indy an underdog in final push to capture 2018 Super Bowl

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New Orleans has emerged as the front runner to host the Super Bowl in 2018 due to its tricentennial celebration and the fact that this could be 87-year-old Saints owner Tom Benson's last crack at hosting the big game.
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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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Fairgrounds officials pushing for coliseum sponsorship

April 24, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Fairgrounds Coliseum, which reopens Thursday after a $63 million renovation, is likely to receive a new name soon, an Indiana State Fair Commission spokesman said.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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Offer may extend deadline on Anderson's Wigwam gym

February 27, 2014
Associated Press
Leaders of an effort to save Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium are working on a proposal that could extend a deadline for deciding on its possible demolition by a few months.
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St. Elmo to host major shrimp-cocktail eating competition

November 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
St. Elmo Steak House will welcome the world's top competitive eaters, including Joey Chestnut, to the contest, which will be part of the Georgia Street festivities prior to the Big Ten football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Indianapolis named finalist for 2018 Super Bowl

October 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indy joins Minneapolis and New Orleans as the three NFL cities invited to bid on the big game. The 2012 Super Bowl had a $176 million direct economic impact on the city, a study said.
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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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'Dynamic duo' boosts Hamilton County tourismRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
In eight years with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director Brenda Myers has morphed her organization into a developer, grant giver and landlord. The strategy appears to be working.
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Local boat, RV show changes format to widen audience

September 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Show will include an auction open to the public. Event organizers think it will draw bidders from far and wide.
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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Is Indianapolis becoming too expensive for conventions?Restricted Content

February 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A recent tax increase coupled with cut-rate competition from other cities has Indianapolis-area convention and meeting officials fretting about losing a longtime cost advantage.
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Big Easy Super Bowl attraction crowds fall short of Indy's

February 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Attendance this year for the Super Bowl-related NFL Experience and downtown village in New Orleans fell far short of what was achieved in Indianapolis last year.
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COTA: Uber-improvement made to high-tech conference calls

February 2, 2013
Jim Cota
Service offers call summaries, easy speaker identification and even fun hold music.
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Mahern wants council members to disclose free game tix

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council is poised to approve a huge increase in ticket taxes on professional sports, and one council member wants to make sure those voting on the hike disclose the freebies they get for Pacers and Colts games.
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City’s tourism agency reports strong 2012

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis' hosting of the Super Bowl last February seems to be paying off for Visit Indy, which says the exposure the city received from the game is translating into more visitor interest.
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More companies planning holiday parties, survey says

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A new survey shows 83 percent of companies polled plan to host holiday parties this year, up from 68 percent a year ago.
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Report: Indy visitors pay high taxes for travel

October 3, 2012
Associated Press
Visitors pay among the highest travel taxes in the nation when they come to Indianapolis — 17 percent on hotel rates, 15 percent on rental cars and 9 percent on meals.
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Filling the FFA gap in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Local tourism officials have known for nearly four years that the National FFA Organization annual convention will leave Indianapolis temporarily after an anticipated 55,000 members clad in their trademark blue corduroy jackets descend on the city for their confab Oct. 24-27.
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Event-planning vet Maribeth Smith has impressive resumeRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Scott Olson
Maribeth Smith’s introduction to the world of event planning sure was a doozy—coordinating the city’s first significant Final Four in 1991. In the 20 years since, Smith has planned some of Indianapolis’ biggest soirees, highlighted this year by several events surrounding the Super Bowl, which helped cement her status as one of the city’s leading meeting planners.
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Lucas Oil Stadium meeting revenue expectationsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Mason King
Roughly four years after it opened its doors in late 2008, Lucas Oil Stadium appears to have crossed the threshold of dollars that its creators anticipated from hosting events beyond the scope of the Indianapolis Colts.
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City's convention agency changing to more 'hip' name

August 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is changing its name to Visit Indy and dramatically altering its logo to appeal to leisure travelers as well as meeting and convention planners.
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