Cleveland Nonprofit Recognizes Unsung Volunteer Heroes

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For nine citizens of the Greater Cleveland area who were recently honored with MTV Awards, the recognition had nothing to do with catchy music videos or trophies shaped like moon men. Rather, the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a Cleveland-based nonprofit think tank, acknowledged these Most Treasured Volunteers last month for their work in the community. The post Cleveland Nonprofit Recognizes Unsung Volunteer Heroes appeared first on Associations Now

Thursday Buzz: Cleveland Prepares for GOP Convention

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Serious event planning is underway for events around the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. Politics aside, the 2016 Republican National Convention , taking place in Cleveland in July, presents some unique challenges for event planners. To prepare for a potential influx, Cleveland is not only preparing its 5,000 officers but also is calling for additional support from regional cities.


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All Eyes on Cleveland as It Finalizes Preparations for RNC

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It been two years—and lots of work—since Cleveland was awarded the Republican National Convention. After being awarded next week’s Republican National Convention in July 2014 , Cleveland hit the ground running. Lucky for me, I was able snag some time with Emily Lauer, senior director of PR and communications at Destination Cleveland (Cuyahoga County’s convention and visitors bureau) and spokeswoman for the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. The Cleveland skyline.

High Quality Educational Content Remains Key for Attendees

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In 2019, the AAMI held its meeting in Cleveland, home to the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the MetroHealth System, and biomedical organizations such as BioEnterprise. Many of the meeting’s speakers were local to Cleveland, including the keynote Dr. Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who spoke to AAMI CEO Robert Jensen in a fireside chat styled Q&A that closed out the conference.

How to Delight Meeting Attendees in 2020

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The organization transformed a big-box room at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland into the ultimate CrossFit gym , hosting literal hometown heroes to compete with world-renowned CrossFit athletes. Spice Acres, a 13-acre sustainable farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park outside Cleveland treats attendees to meals made from ingredients they picked themselves. The Association of College & Research Libraries was drawn to Cleveland’s affordability and accessibility.

Inspiration in a Box From One Traditional Meeting Venue

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When Welch sought to make the event a reality beyond the reach of the field house, he turned to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. “A But, thankfully, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland was instrumental in walking him through every step of the planning process while ensuring he’d have all the necessary support to run a successful event. No one had to go outside in Cleveland’s December cold.”.

Hitting the Professional Meeting Trifecta with Unique Venues

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The Content Marketing Institute hosts its annual meeting—Content Marketing World—in Cleveland, Ohio, hometown of its founder Joe Pulizzi , every year in September. The Hall is also within walking distance of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland where the majority of sessions in the meetings’ 14 specialized education tracks take place. It’s amazing how many of our international attendees tell us that Cleveland isn’t at all what they expected,” McPhillips says.

Accessibility is Cornerstone of a Successful Meeting

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Ondrla and the ACRL selected Cleveland for their 2019 annual meeting after a site visit. The conference’s VIP Reception took place at the Cleveland Public Library’s main branch, a 94-year-old building renovated in 1999. One 2019 meeting attendee Tweeted simply, “Please begin forwarding my mail to Cleveland.”. To learn more about Cleveland, visit

Impressive Venues & Unique Experiences to Foster Connection

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The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) chose Cleveland to provide exactly that to its Key Professionals Association Committee, a group of CEOs from some of the largest member societies in the country, including the American Dental Association, American Society of Interior Designers and the American College of Rheumatology. Cleveland had an outstanding diversity of venues, dining opportunities and features.”.

ASAE Concludes First-Ever Hybrid 2021 ASAE Annual Meeting


More than 500 attendees participated in the in-person Pop-UPs, hosted by the Atlanta CVB; Visit Charlotte; Choose Chicago; Destination Cleveland; Experience Columbus; Visit Dallas; Destination DC; Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB: Discover The Palm Beaches; and Discover Puerto Rico.

Create Mindful Meetings For An Improved Attendee Experience

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Meeting planners eager to entice and engage attendees will have to think about wellness in every part of the meeting, from the food, to the physical fitness offerings, to the lighting and visual design, even to what attendees take home with them, explains Susie Frazier , an artist at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland, Ohio and author of Designing for Wellness.

Connection to a Locale Fosters Authentic Interactions with Peers

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For its own biannual CDX conference last fall, ConferenceDirect selected Cleveland, Ohio because of its up-and-coming reputation. An attendee favorite was the world’s largest outdoor chandelier in Cleveland’s historic Playhouse Square. Attendees seek all that a city has to offer: local restaurants, sporting and cultural events and authentic experiences to enjoy with peers.

Your Event Guide for the 2016 Political Conventions!

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We’re excited to bring you Convention Buzz 2016 — your go-to resource to view and post events taking place at the National Political Party Conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Are you attending the Republican National Convention ? How about the Democratic National Convention ? Maybe both? We have you covered!

Three Reasons to Embrace SEO During the COVID-19 Crisis

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For example, Cleveland Clinic saw a more than 80 percent increase in search visibility, while the New York Post and Politico saw increases of 73.3 In a world where search engines are often the main window to commerce, SEO matters a bit more than ever.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.2.21

Reid All About it

Hear about the dangers of internet inequality and the steps that EYEJ, an organization focused on empowering youth and exploring justice, are making to ensure that change happens in Cleveland…and everywhere.

2020 ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition Breaks Event Registration Record


Destination Cleveland. Viva Las … Virtual ? Originally slated to take place in Las Vegas, the 2020 ASAE Annual Meeting had to change plans due to ongoing problems with COVID-19. With little time to switch gears, ASAE pivoted and just wrapped up its first-ever 100% VIRTUAL annual meeting.

Fighting Homelessness: Libraries on the Front Lines

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PLA president-elect and director of the Cleveland Public Library, in an interview with Associations Now. He mentioned that the Cleveland Public Library has partnered with an outside organization to work with homeless library patrons, helping them utilize the library’s services for life opportunities. When people think of libraries, they think of books. But for homeless individuals, they’re often a place of refuge.

Brewers Association Grants Will Support Events Focused on Diversity and Inclusion

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The other three events seek to expand the diversity of the industry itself—two employment fairs in Cleveland and Boston and an event series in Brooklyn, New York, that aims to elevate women in the craft beer community. Thoughts on a Merger Last week the craft beer industry was abuzz with discussion of a possible merger of two of the largest independent brewers in the country—The Boston Beer Company (the makers of Sam Adams) and Dogfish Head (known for its namesake 90 Minute IPA).

What Can Community Professionals Learn from Influencer Marketing?

Higher Logic

Imagine your user conference is in Cleveland, and LeBron James sent a tweet, welcoming your customers to his city. Or Google’s Sundar Pichai wrote a guest blog post on your community about the future of cloud computing. Do you think your customers would be excited? Community professionals often struggle to finds ways of getting one piece of content - a tweet, a video, a blog post, or a discussion thread - to capture your members’ attention, pushing them to engage more.

Manufacturing Group Tries to Draw Millennials With New Initiative

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“We want manufacturing companies to thrive,” Grealis told Crain’s Cleveland Business. The Precision Metalforming Association’s new MFG NXT effort builds on the group’s prior success in reaching new demographics. A few years ago, the Precision Metalforming Association reached out to a group of members who had previously been neglected. That led to the creation of Women in Manufacturing, an group so successful that it was spun off as a separate nonprofit.

Purpose-Driven Design Makes Meeting Collaboration Easier

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The Madison Meeting Center incorporates the Staywell features offered at several MGM Resorts, including circadian lighting, air purification, aromatherapy, custom menus approved by the Cleveland Clinic and guided meditation narrated by Dr. Deepak Chopra, to improve alertness and engagement. MGM Resorts recognizes and answers the ever-growing need for innovative and cohesive technology configurations in meeting and convention spaces.

Obsessive Innovation: Why Associations Must Constantly Turn to What’s Next

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He cites examples like Dollar Shave Club and Cleveland Whiskey for their unorthodox messaging and business approaches and suggests association executives must lead their associations and their industries toward similar reinvention. Cleveland Whiskey, for instance, passes the 10X test for its method of pressure-aging whiskey in as little as a week rather than the traditional decade in oak barrels, Linkner says.

Daily Buzz: The Evolving World of Content Marketing

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The annual event, held in Cleveland since 2011, brings together professionals in an industry that is constantly evolving. As content marketing shifts, so do the conversations at industry meetings like Content Marketing World. Also: More employers are embracing a workforce that wants to go casual. In marketing eras of yore, celebrity print ads were the secret weapon to reach consumers and sell products. No more.

Get Creative With Your Spring Membership Drive

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For instance, the Cleveland chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host a member rally to celebrate Women’s History Month. Spring offers a chance to rethink membership campaigns, adding seasonal tie-ins and creative themes that make it more fun to recruit and engage. The start of spring comes with many annual rites of passage. Spring break gives many families a chance to go on vacation. Mother Nature is in full bloom.

MGM & Delos Partner for Productive Meetings & Relaxing Stays

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Stay Well features include circadian lighting, air purification, aromatherapy, custom menus approved by the Cleveland Clinic and guided meditation narrated by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Stay Well guests are also given free lifetime access to a suite of three Cleveland Clinic apps focusing on sleep, stress and nutrition. Scientifically proven features and state-of-the art solutions to reimagine the wellness experience are at the core of this partnership.

The Association Keeping NBA Coaches Focused on Health

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Cleveland’s Tyrone Lue was sidelined for two weeks by anxiety and stress-related ailments. With the help of outside vendors and an on-call nutritionist, the National Basketball Coaches Association is encouraging NBA coaches to actively focus on their health as they go through the grind of a long season, just like the players. The NBA season, with its 82 games and a seemingly never-ending series of playoff contests, is an endurance game—and not just for the players on the court.

Batter Up: Event Lessons From the World Series

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Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs did what many believed would never happen: They won the World Series for the first time since 1908 , breaking a 108-year-long curse by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a game 7 thriller—in a series that saw them down three games to one at one point—that not only went for 10 innings but also included a 17-minute rain delay. What this year’s thriller of a World Series can teach meeting planners about designing and executing conferences or meetings.

Political Science: Meetings Industry Effort Makes Most of Election Season

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The idea is while all of those policymakers are together in one place in Philadelphia and Cleveland [for the national conventions], we want to take an opportunity to highlight and advertise the importance of meetings,” Dominguez told industry publication Skift. “We The campaign’s first paid advertising will debut at the Republican Convention with signage in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Trade Association Advocacy and the Political Conventions

Association Navigator

In DC shorthand it’s referred to as “Cleveland” or “Philadelphia” as in “are you going to Cleveland?”. There’s been a wave of reporting recently about trade associations and corporations reducing their investments in convention activities, particularly the Republican one this week in Cleveland. Someone said that involving your association in Cleveland creates the risk that your industry will be seen in a negative light.

Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up

Beth Kanter

And from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Bernie Moreno even walked away with the Enterprise Blockchain Awards’ Community & Ecosystem Leadership award for the groundbreaking Blockland project (which brought together over 1000 Cleveland community members to help leverage the possibilities of blockchain for community development, digital inclusion, philanthropy, and more). Blockchain for Impact: Blockchain Revolution Global Event Wrap-Up – Guest Post . By Amy Neumann.

NFL. Rams. Association Governance.

SCD Group

Last week, the National Football League’s Board of Governors voted to authorize the (Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. But, as an Ohio native, I recognize that the Rams started in Cleveland and moved to LA back in the 1940s. All association professionals need to remember this mantra: “It’s their organization not yours!” Louis) Rams to move (again) to Los Angeles. The decision upset fans in St. Louis. along with San Diego and Oakland (other franchises seeking to move.)

Association, University Alliance Aims to Boost Women’s Leadership Skills

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Taking place at CWRU’s Cleveland campus, the program is funded in part by the GE Foundation and builds on a previous leadership program that the university created for women in STEM careers. Case Western Reserve University and an association dedicated to women in the manufacturing industry announced a new educational program dedicated to fostering women’s leadership skills. Women in manufacturing careers have a new resource to help advance their leadership skills.

Gaming Association Expands Code of Conduct for Casino Industry

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The Associated Press notes that the pledge comes at a time when deadly incidents involving people who had suffered gambling losses have drawn media attention—particularly a random murder in Cleveland that was aired on Facebook Live. With an updated code of conduct, the American Gaming Association hopes to encourage responsible gaming behavior among casino patrons. The American Gaming Association is ready for a rethink of how it handles the industry’s biggest problem.

Turn Members Into Hackers (the Good Kind)

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He cited Redfin , Cornell University , Cleveland Medical , and Hilton as good examples of organizations that host annual or semiannual hackathons. Associations can enlist their members to participate in quick-sprint hackathons to help develop new products and services. In exchange, participants get a highly engaging experience. Here’s what one hackathon looked like at #ASAE18. Not all hackers are bad. Some hack for good.

Heart Association Rolls Out Traveler-Friendly CPR Training

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Another two will be placed at The Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland and Anthem’s office in Washington, DC. Got five minutes to spare before your flight? Use the time to learn CPR, courtesy of the American Heart Association. Flight delayed, have a layover, or even five minutes between flights? That’s just enough time to learn basic CPR, thanks to the American Heart Association.

At One Meeting, Innovative Registration Makes for Happier Attendees

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Meet our seventh “Planner of Productivity”: Kevin Brooks, the agent of record for the Church of God—headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee—since 2004.

Katie Winter Joins the Velvet Chainsaw Team

Velvet Chainsaw

Lucky for us, Katie and her family recently relocated to Cleveland, OH from Chicago, IL. We’re excited to announce that Katie Winter has joined the Velvet Chainsaw team as Client Projects & Stories Specialists! Katie will work closely with our Director of Client Project & Stories, Michele Frania, to conduct in-depth conference audience analysis…the cornerstone for our client recommendations.

Where’s ASAE?

Association Okie

Cleveland. Let’s play a little “Where’s Waldo” with ASAE. We know where ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo are scheduled for the next 7 years: St. Louis – August 6-9, 2011, Dallas – August 11-14, 2012 , Atlanta – August 3-6, 2013, Nashville – August 9-12, 2014 , Detroit – August 8-11 2015, Salt Lake – August 13-16, 2016, Toronto – August 12-15, 2017. So where should they be going after this string runs out? And yes, I know that cities bid to host).

Las Vegas Bets on New Ad Campaigns to Attract Meetings

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Despite attempts to court the GOP’s 2016 Republican National Convention , the city was outbid by Cleveland. Even though federal agencies are staying away, Las Vegas is holding its own as a meeting and convention destination. Still, Sin City thinks it can do better, and it’s using two new ad campaigns to bring in new meeting business.

Wednesday Buzz: How to Get Results Using Video

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Content Marketing World 2015 kicked off yesterday, but there are still plenty more sessions, insights, and lessons to be shared from the halls of the Cleveland Convention Center. Everyone’s always talking about video, but what are some legitimate ways to use it for lead conversion? Plus: A new podcast for the association community debuts.

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