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  • PMMI and Koelnmesse have teamed up for the launch of a new packaging show in the U.S. for the food-and-beverage industry in 2017.
  • The name and venue for the new event were not revealed. The show is the latest expansion for PMMI, which launched PACK EXPO East this year..
  • The Gen Con gamer conference might leave Indiana after 2020 if legislation allowing businesses to refuse service to gays becomes law.
  • Gen Con, LLC sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence urging him to veto the bill. They said it could cause problems for their attendees.
  • Gen Con expects 56,000 attendees this Summer. Gen Con is under contract with Indy through 2020 and does not plan to breach it...
  • GRAPH EXPO is moving to Orlando next year. The annual show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center September 25-28, 2016.
  • Graphic Arts Show Company said the move to Florida would help build its Latin America base. The 2015 GRAPH EXPO takes place in Chicago...
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Boston, MA – This Winter’s record snow in New England caused a political and budgetary ripple effect that included a second look at the funding plan for the ambitious expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). In recent weeks, state and local politicians have raised the idea that the planned bond offering for the $1.1 billion BCEC expansion might be scaled back in favor of upgrading the regional mass-transit system, which bogged down in the heavy snowfall that broke the all-time Boston record for Winter snow. Newly elected Gov. Charlie Baker asked the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) to conduct a review of the expansion plan, which will be completed this Spring, and formed a task force to look at the current state of the MBTA. James Rooney, executive director of the MCCA, told Trade Show Executive that the review was “a logical and appropriate step.”  ...
Los Angeles, CA – The heart of Los Angeles will be the venue for the First Annual SWIAEE Bob Dallmeyer Charity event organized by the Southwest chapter of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (SWIAEE). The gathering will take place Friday May 8 from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. and will include two of Bob’s favorite pastimes:  socializing with his industry friends and attending the taping of “Real Time with Bill Maher” at the CBS Television City studio on Beverly Blvd. in the Fairfax District. The gathering will pay tribute to Bob, who died last year after having established a highly respected 51-year career in the exhibition industry.  ...
Los Angeles, CA – The expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) will forge ahead without the grand plan to include an NFL football stadium in the neighborhood. Just a few days after announcing plans for a new hotel serving the convention center, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) said it was dropping its high-profile vision of a cutting-edge stadium adjacent to the convention center. “It has become evident a transaction that would be satisfactory to AEG, the city and the NFL is not achievable in any foreseeable time frame,” AEG Vice Chairman Ted Fikre said. But there will still be plenty of construction taking place in and around the LACC, and it will be focused on the trade show industry rather than pro football.  ...
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Westport, CT – Connecticut Expos sold its four consumer shows to Townsquare Media, Inc., a major player in the radio industry and also owner and producer of digital and live festival events.  The four shows sold by Connecticut Expo for an undisclosed sum are all held in Connecticut. They include the Fairfield County Home & Outdoor Expo and three Women’s Expo events, which focus on healthcare and wellness and are supported by hospitals in their respective markets. ...
Oceanside, CA – Yulita Osuba, one of the exhibition industry’s most knowledgeable and connected professionals, has joined the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Exposition Forecasting Board.  Osuba, who has forged strong relationships with many top organizers over the years, will add her voice to the insights that are provided to TSE readers in the monthly Trending & Spending feature, including trends and forecasts of growth in the month, quarter and year ahead.  Osuba is deputy general manager of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, one of the busiest and largest venues in the U.S. for shows of all sizes.  ...
Seattle, WA – The final parcel of land needed for a planned major expansion of Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has been condemned, which should speed up the negotiations over its purchase. Condemning the property is a tool used by government when efforts to negotiate a price with a landowner fails. Overall, the WSCC expansion will roughly double the size of the current facility to nearly 500,000 sf of prime exhibit space. Convention center officials have said that because the WSCC is not big enough, they continue to lose  business, specifically noting that 300 conventions were lost in the last five years. ...
GRAPH EXPO is moving to Orlando next year. The annual show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center September 25-28, 2016.  Graphic Arts Show Company said the move to Florida would help build its Latin America base. The 2015 GRAPH EXPO takes place in Chicago... ...
Madison, WI – CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty labels and packaging solutions, has acquired the sister companies pc/nametag Inc. and Meetings Direct LLC for $37 million. Nick Topitzes, founder and majority shareholder of pc/nametag and Meetings Direct, will join Avery along with his executive management team. CCL said the two companies chalked up sales of $36 million in 2014 with an adjusted EBITDA of $6.3 million.  ...
Dallas, TX – Freeman may finally be free from allegations leveled by the federal government that its policy of conducting criminal background and credit checks of prospective employees discriminated against minority applicants.  The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last month upheld a Maryland federal court ruling that dismissed the 2009 lawsuit filed against Freeman in 2009 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  ...
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research said the trade show industry in the U.S. grew 1.7% in the Fourth Quarter of 2014 compared to the previous Q4. It was the 18th consecutive quarter of growth tracked by the CEIR Index. Attendance led the way with a 2.6% gain  ……..   ...
Santa Clara, CA – The Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau launched a search for a new leader after Steve Van Dorn announced he would resign as president and CEO of the Bay Area organization this Spring. Van Dorn will leave office March 31 and will also step down as president and CEO of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce. The search for a replacement has begun and a possible realignment of the CVB and the chamber was also being explored. ...
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Emerald Expositions LLC announced two separate acquisitions that beefed up the company’s design group portfolio. One acquisition was the International Pizza Expo and the supporting publication Pizza Today from Macfadden Communications Group. The other deal was with Vendome Group LLC and included three brands in the area of building design for healthcare and senior living centers. Both acquisitions will be integrated  into the Healthcare, Design, Antiques & Military Group headed by Executive Vice President Joe Randall. ...
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