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  • May 13, 2020 1:15 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Get an early start on the Memorial Day weekend by registering for CSPI's next ONLINE CONNECT EVENT taking place Tuesday, May 19th at 4:30PM. Share this invitation with a friend and plan to be part of this fun end of the day event.

    Bring your red white and blue - red wine, white cheddar crackers or blueberry pie or anything else that fits a "red, white and blue" theme. Spend one hour catching up and networking with the great individuals who make up the membership of our great organization!

    To register - https://cspi.wildapricot.org/event-3838088

    Once you get registered, send you favorite summer recipe (grill favorites, decadent dessert, sizzling side dish or festive beverage) to headquarters@CSPIonline.org that we will use to compile a CSPI Summer 2020 Recipe Collection for our members to enjoy.


  • April 22, 2020 2:07 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    CSPI is sharing the following information as we commit to our goal of strengthening our industry through ongoing professional education and development -

    ESPA, Event Service Professionals Association, is offering free webinars on the topic "Convention Services After the COVID-19 Crisis" as a two part series. The dates and topics for each is as follows:

    Wednesday, May 6: Convention Services After the COVID-19 Crisis – Venue and CVB Perspective

    Thursday, May 7: Convention Services After the COVID-19 Crisis – Meeting Planner Perspective

    Join our colleagues at ESPA for these upcoming webinars that will offer timely ideas and considerations as we all strategize the next best steps for our organizations.

    Link to register for Wed, May 6 - https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/267094870506540047

    Link to register for Thur, May 7 -
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/regist…/6163577818176309263

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  • April 21, 2020 12:06 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    In a recent survey, 700 meeting planners told Convene about their biggest challenges since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.  Here is the link to the piece by Author Barbara Palmer - https://www.pcma.org/feeling-your-pain-covid-19-challenges/

  • April 02, 2020 4:04 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The need for hospital beds has put a strain on our medical infrastructure as we all work to tend to the afflicted.  See how centers across the country are transforming their spaces during the pandemic of Covid-19.....

    https://www.tsnn.com/news/convention-centers-transform-hospitals-fight-against-covid19

  • March 20, 2020 3:14 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    The main theme of our March Town Hall Call centered on "Political Meetings" monitored by CSPI First Vice President Sharon Altland Myers, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center.  To stay on top of the evolving news changing daily about the current COVID-19 pandemic, part of the call was a forum for colleagues in the Meeting Sales Industry to share their current experiences, challenges and concerns that affect our industry.  

    Following is a list of National Resources for you to access for up-to-the-minute information as the situation escalates in North America.  Likewise, included are two local resources discussed in the call as well as a reminder to follow CSPI on social media where we will be sharing industry news with our members and followers. 

    National Industry Resources

    Local Resources

    ·   Contact Your Local DMO/CVB and Keep Their Sales and Marketing Team Aware of the News from Your Venue
    ·    Stay in Touch with Your Partner Hotels/Suppliers and Update Each Other Throughout the Crisis

    Remember …

    ·        Send your immediate questions out to your Sales Professional Colleagues by using our “ASK  CSPI” feature on our website, www.CSPIonline.org
    ·        “Like” or “Follow” CSPI’s Social Media Pages on LinkedIn and Facebook - we are sharing news, articles and information during the crisis from our industry partners



  • March 01, 2020 3:31 PM | Morgan Christopher (Administrator)

    Members - We are sharing the "Need to Know" page on the Corona Virus from our friends at PCMA who have put together a comprehensive overview of the developing situation and information relevant to our members during this global issue. If you have specific questions about what industry partners are doing to address the crisis at their properties, remember to head to our website and use the "Ask CSPI" feature - www.CSPIonline.org

    https://www.pcma.org/coronavirus-business-events-professionals-need-to-know-faq/



  • October 22, 2019 8:42 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    by Rebecca Ellis Follow OPB Oct. 21, 2019 3:43 p.m.

    The Oregon Convention Center has emerged from a 14-month renovation looking, contractors hope, a little more like Oregon.

    The carpets, black and grey with green splotches, are meant to resemble lichen. Staff say the new ballroom ceiling takes its inspiration from the forest. And the wooden slats on the ceiling create a topographical map of the Cascade mountain range.

    The newly renovated ceiling at the Oregon Convention Center doubles as a topographical map of the Cascade mountain range.

    The newly renovated ceiling at the Oregon Convention Center doubles as a topographical map of the Cascade mountain range.

    Oregon Convention Center

    The design changes, unveiled to community members Monday afternoon,  are part of a $40 million renovation that Convention Center leaders hope will boost Portland’s image as a top-notch meeting destination.

    “We spent a lot of time in convention centers,” said Craig Stroud, the center’s executive director. “Usually, when you’re in them, you feel like you could be in any convention center across the United States. We wanted to change that. We wanted people in the Oregon Convention Center to know they’re in Oregon.” 

    The renovation included the creation of a new “connector,” which links the center’s original building with the newer addition. An expanded plaza has the potential to be turned into an amphitheater that could fit about 1,000 people. State of the art lighting and sound equipment has been tucked into the walls. 

    Stroud said the center was badly in need of a facelift as the 90’s-era interior space was no longer “modern and crisp.” Plus, the nearly-completed Hyatt Regency Portland, the city’s first convention center hotel, will soon open one block to the north, giving the center a new batch of visitors to impress. 

    “Portland as a destination has really grown nationally in the last decade or so,” Stroud said. “So we’re a known destination, people are curious about coming here, and we really need the infrastructure to support and make that happen.”


  • September 13, 2019 9:39 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    Pam Fitzgerald   1/3/1968 - 9/7/2019

    On Saturday September 7th, CSPI lost our big-hearted, caring and giving Administrator to the dreadful disease of Cancer

    CSPI is giving Back for PAM to a non-profit close to Pam’s heart and keeping in the CSPI spirit of giving back.


    Carpenter’s Shelter - Carpenter’s Shelter supports the homeless in achieving sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education and advocacy. Pam volunteered with the “Breakfast Brigade” preparing and serving fresh meals to the Carpenter’s Shelter community.
    https://carpentersshelter.org


    CSPI is a 501(3)C Non Profit organization, your donation is tax deductible     

    Donations may be made via CSPI by clicking Donate Here


  • September 06, 2019 1:06 PM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    THANKS FOR ATTENDING! Connect 2019 was a smashing success and it's all because of you! This year, Connect attendees raised more than $80,000 for breast cancer research (which was matched by an additional $80,000 donation by Connect), adopted all the puppies from the Fort Worth Puppy Lounge, participated in 37,500 face-to-face appointments and attended more than 40 education sessions. We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did and we're excited to see you again next year! Take the Survey @ https://bit.ly/2m4Iz6fhashtag#ConnectMP

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  • September 05, 2019 11:32 AM | Russell Kice (Administrator)

    Detroit’s Cobo Center Becomes the TCF Center

    Sep 3, 2019 from ExhibitCity News

    Detroit’s Cobo Center Becomes the TCF Center

    Detroit’s world-class convention center, formerly known as the Cobo Center, was officially renamed the TCF Center on Aug. 27. Announced by TCF National Bank, a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation, and the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, this naming rights partnership is a 22-year deal. Chemical Bank, now a division of TCF Bank following its successful merger of equals on Aug. 1, was selected and awarded naming rights earlier this year by the DRCFA following a comprehensive, competitive process

    “We couldn’t be prouder or more honored to partner with the authority on this unique opportunity to support our hometown and state. It helps ensure a continued strong, vibrant future for the world-class Detroit convention center that connects our city to the world,” TCF Executive Chairman Gary Torgow says. “It’s an important part of our larger, intentional effort to marry inclusion with investment across the city and its neighborhoods, region and state. We look forward to reaching new heights.”

    “This naming rights agreement has been a goal of the DRCFA since it was formed in 2009 and TCF Bank is the perfect partner,” says Larry Alexander, chairman of the DRCFA and president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our partnership with TCF Bank will help to cement the convention center’s strong financial future. We continue to dedicate ourselves to providing world-class service to our customers, maximizing positive economic impact, creating region-wide jobs and expanding business opportunities for the benefit of business stakeholders and the local community.”

    Against the backdrop of 10 million visitors who come to greater downtown Detroit and the 1.5 million visitors to the Convention Center annually, TCF Center will continue to grow its book of meetings, conventions and event business as it has continued to set record-breaking numbers since its $279 million renovation. In fact, TCF Center had an unprecedented year in 2018 with 244 events and a 564 percent increase in revenue since 2009.

    On Aug. 1, 2019, Chemical Financial Corporation and TCF Financial Corporation closed its merger of equals becoming TCF Financial Corporation headquartered in Detroit. Both Chemical Bank and TCF Bank brands will continue in the market until mid-2020 when Chemical Bank branches will be rebranded TCF Bank. The combination creates a premier Midwest bank with $47 billion in total assets, more than 500 branches in nine states, and a specialty lending and leasing business in all 50 states. The bank will soon build a landmark tower to serve as its headquarters in downtown Detroit and helped spearhead the $35 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund to help reinvest in and bolster Detroit neighborhoods.

    “I can’t think of better partners than Gary Torgow and the team at TCF Bank to help secure the future of our region’s convention center,” says Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “Today’s announcement, combined with TCF’s commitment to build its new headquarters in downtown Detroit and Gary’s leadership building our Strategic Neighborhood Fund, shows TCF Bank is truly invested in our city and its people.”

    With 723,000 square feet of exhibit space, TCF Center, formerly Cobo Center, boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 17th largest convention center in the country. For more info, visit www.tcfcenterdetroit.com

    TCF Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: TCF) is a Detroit-based financial holding company with more than $47 billion in total assets and a top 10 deposit market share in the Midwest. TCF’s primary banking subsidiary, TCF National Bank, is a premier Midwest bank offering consumer and commercial banking, trust and wealth management, and specialty leasing and lending products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. TCF has more than 500 branches primarily located in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota with additional locations in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more info, visit tcfbank.com.

    On Sept. 15, 2009, operational control of TCF Center transferred to the DRCFA, under a collaborative agreement by the Michigan State Legislature, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Each of these entities has an appointed member on the DRCFA Board. Larry Alexander is the appointee of the Governor of the State of Michigan and serves as Chairman of the Board. For more info, visit drcfa.org 

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