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New convention chief impressed with Indianapolis' vision

March 24, 2011
Chris O'Malley
An executive headhunter had been dogging Leonard Hoops for years about various career opportunities around the country. He always dismissed the leads—until recently, when he was told about the CEO vacancy at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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Big Ten tournament attendance, economic impact up

March 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hotel rooms were sold out three straight nights as attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tournament hit its highest mark since 2006.
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Super Bowl Host Committee lays out winter weather plans

March 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, has been appointed to handle weather preparedness for the Super Bowl to be hosted in Indianapolis in February.
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Competition seeks ideas for Monument Circle

March 9, 2011
A competition that could influence the future look and use of Monument Circle was unveiled Wednesday morning by a partnership that includes the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
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Dealer Expo trade show kicks off expanded Convention Center

February 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive powersports convention is one of the biggest annual events hosted by the city and is the first to use the expanded Indiana Convention Center since a $275 addition was completed.
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GAHL: Corporate travel will follow Super Bowl in IndianapolisRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Chris Gahl
City has a strategy to pitch Indianapolis to honchos.
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Dallas lessons should strengthen Super Bowl in Indy

February 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
There’s a lot Indianapolis can learn from the folks in Dallas about hosting a Super Bowl. One of the biggest lessons: Plans are important, but they’re not everything.
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Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.
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NFL labor situation a hot topic in Dallas

February 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A lockout is predicted by many, but whether labor strife ultimately affects the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis remains to be seen.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Smaller meetings key to convention center expansion

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Large conventions typically get the most attention, but it's the smaller meetings that will be critical to ensuring the expanded Indiana Convention Center is adequately occupied.
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ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.
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Bill would lift ban on booze at Indiana State Fair

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.
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Super Bowl organizers not concerned about lockout

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Host committee chairman Mark Miles said he believes the city would get another Super Bowl even if an NFL labor stoppage canceled the game.
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UPDATE: Convention leaders prepare for business without Welsh

January 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh was seen as a revolutionary force as CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. Now he may be one of its biggest competitors as he takes the top job in Chicago.
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Local hotel bookings fell in 2010, projected to rise in 2011

January 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Weak economy blamed for 5-percent decline. With Indiana Convention Center expansion set to be complete this month, booking should be on the rise.
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Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Symphony pull in new visitors

December 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Exhibit, grant power audience development initiatives.
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ICVA nearing hotel room-reservation target for 2010

December 27, 2010
Scott Olson
As of mid-December, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association had hit about 93 percent of its 2010 goal of booking 650,000 room nights for future conventions. The group is stepping up its efforts to meet the demands of the new JW Marriott hotel and convention center expansion.
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CIB OKs $2.6M in carpet upgrades for convention center

December 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board plans to spend about $2.6 million to replace 370,000 square feet of carpeting in the older portion of the Indiana Convention Center to match the carpet in the new addition.
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Dealer Expo returning to Indianapolis through 2016

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massive powersports trade show Dealer Expo has committed to keep its annual event in Indianapolis through at least 2016—extending its stay by five years.
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Hendricks County launches tourism campaign

October 27, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Six months into a $750,000 plan to increase Hendricks County’s profile as a tourist destination, officials say group travel has doubled and hotel occupancy is up almost 3 percentage points—before an end-of-the-year push to get travelers to “Spend the Holidays in Hendricks County.”
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Corporations champion FFA’s mission

October 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The organization's annual convention, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, attracted 375 exhibitors, an impressive number considering the tepid economy.
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Crowne Plaza walkway to add to city's connectivity

September 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Crowne Plaza Hotel downtown said a $400,000 enclosed connector linking the hotel to the convention center will be done in February.
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Indy Super Bowl organizers moving ahead with plans

September 23, 2010
Associated Press
Local organizers expect the 2012 Super Bowl to be played as scheduled, despite growing concerns that an NFL work stoppage could force postponement or cancellation of the game.
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City lands national law enforcement convention

September 13, 2010
Indianapolis will host the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' annual meeting in July 2015, expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors and generate more than $2 million in visitor spending.
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