Rockford SMM Sept14 Leaderboard
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    Get Outdoors In Boise: Idaho’s River City

    Hunkered in the foothills of the Rockies, Boise is all about the great outdoors and sustainability. Along with many homes, the Idaho Capitol is heated by geothermal water pumped from 3,000 feet underground. The farm-to-table food scene is vibrant, as is the wine industry, with numerous vineyards in the Snake River Valley.

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    Big Business at Small Market Meetings Conference

    The 2014 Small Market Meetings Conference (SMMC) took place September 28-30 in Mesa, Arizona, for approximately 275 meeting planners and industry vendors.

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    Changing demographics shape the meetings landscape

    The point of the exercise was this: As your audience ages, meeting planners need to make adjustments: Turn up the volume. Be alert to physical obstacles. Enlarge the type. Whether you plan meetings for software engineers, primary school teachers, Vietnam War veterans, Catholic Church members, beer can collectors or softball players, your audience is changing.

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    Beautiful Boise Photo Slideshow

    Beautiful Boise Photo Slideshow

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    A Seneca Showpiece

    The striking 26-story Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino sits on sovereign Seneca Nation land in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York. It is outclassed only by what nature has put a short distance away: the thundering falls.

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    Mid-Atlantic Power Player: Newport News

    It’s easy to understand why coastal Virginia has long been a staple in meeting planners’ repertoires: It lies well within proximity of the northeast corridor of major U.S. cities from Baltimore to Boston. However, as the region continues to draw from the state’s interior strength and the seacoast’s natural resources, there are more reasons to consider holding meetings there in 2015 than ever before.

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    Pennsylvania’s Garden Gem

    Considered among the best public gardens in America, Longwood Gardens has been charming the hearts of millions of visitors each year since opening more than a century ago.

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    Meet Me in the Park

    Having a meeting in a state or national park immediately signals that the event will be different. It’s not in a brand-name hotel next to the airport; it’s at a lodge in the wilderness. Meeting rooms don’t overlook a concrete jungle; they deliver views of forests and waterfalls. And attendees feel the difference.

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    Culinary Opportunities Await in Lexington

    Rolling hills and beautiful horse farms draw visitors to Lexington, and they stay for the variety of interesting attractions.