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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
They'll sail the harbor. They'll sample the best Baltimore chefs have to offer. They'll stroll the promenade and take the new span between docks to party at the new Hard Rock Cafe. They'll see the city as "Hollywood in Baltimore" at a vast theme party inside a subterranean convention center exhibit hall.Then, perhaps, many of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) members arriving here tomorrow for a three-day convention will decide whether to send tens of thousands of others to Baltimore to spend three or four days -- and millions of dollars.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2004
Who better to judge a city than the people who decide where thousands of others will hold business and professional meetings for decades to come? So, it's with open ears that the sales team that pitches Baltimore is listening this week to the thoughts of nearly 1,000 association executives and meeting planners who are gathered here for a meeting of the American Society of Association Executives. The local sales force has been hearing a lot of positive feedback on Baltimore, accompanied by some thoughts on the city's limitations.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2001
Last year, when Baltimore landed its largest medical convention ever, the victory gave the sales team at the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association a whole new angle to pitch. Winning that group, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, was a foot in the door of the prestigious and lucrative medical meetings business. And it seems to be helping turn the heads of planners at other large medical conventions. "It has meant a great deal," said Carroll R. Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of BACVA.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2003
Baltimore's convention and visitors bureau has landed a prestigious convention of meeting planners - people who will influence the locations of meetings across the nation for years to come. The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association called it a coup. The American Society of Association Executives said the decision to move its 2004 winter meeting to Baltimore resulted largely from lack of space in the Washington Convention Center in February. Baltimore officials were excited about the chance to showcase the city to such an influential group.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2003
Baltimore's convention and visitors bureau has landed a prestigious convention of meeting planners - people who will influence the locations of meetings across the nation for years to come. The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association called it a coup. The American Society of Association Executives said the decision to move its 2004 winter meeting to Baltimore resulted largely from lack of space in the Washington Convention Center in February. Baltimore officials were excited about the chance to showcase the city to such an influential group.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2004
Who better to judge a city than the people who decide where thousands of others will hold business and professional meetings for decades to come? So, it's with open ears that the sales team that pitches Baltimore is listening this week to the thoughts of nearly 1,000 association executives and meeting planners who are gathered here for a meeting of the American Society of Association Executives. The local sales force has been hearing a lot of positive feedback on Baltimore, accompanied by some thoughts on the city's limitations.
BUSINESS
By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | September 7, 1996
The sales pitch masquerading as a weekend-long party began in earnest last night as the long-awaited Baltimore Convention Center expansion debuted before the most important critics of all: meeting planners who book hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of business nationwide.Hoping to wow them, woo them and ultimately win their business, the city welcomed more than 100 of the planners and their guests for a weekend of wining and dining. They'll be treated to luxury hotel rooms, a game at Oriole Park tonight, a Fells Point pub crawl, golf, tours and admissions to downtown attractions.
NEWS
March 10, 2003
Price to conduct workshop on telemarketing Carolyn West Price, president of IMPACT Marketing and Public Relations Inc., has been engaged to present a daylong workshop for the Association of Teleservices International Inc. (ATSI) on March 27. The workshop, "Who Says Marketing Has to Cost a Lot to be Effective?" is open to ATSI members and other call centers or answering services whose members want to attend. Price, who teaches at Loyola College and the Johns Hopkins University, operates her 13-year-old marketing and communications consulting practice in Ellicott City.
NEWS
April 3, 2000
Recruiting company expands its office in Ellicott City The Hire Power Inc., a recruiting firm in Ellicott City, has expanded its office on Main Street. The Hire Power recruits top sales executives, finance personnel and construction workers. Business-to-business marketer is gaining space Marketing Partners, a business-to-business marketing firm, will move to a larger location today. The new offices will be at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite E, Columbia. The company's services include direct mail, telemarketing, database design and management.
NEWS
March 30, 1998
River Hill Garden Center will hold a Spring ExpoThe River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, will hold a Spring Expo on Saturday and Sunday.The Expo will include the opening of the center's greenhouse and landscape design center.Gardening, planting and landscape seminars, refreshments, and entertainment for children, including a petting zoo and face paintings, are planned.Tickets will be sold for a raffle to benefit the newly created River Hill Scholarship Fund during the Expo and Easter weekends.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
AS THE NEW head of the troubled Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, travel industry veteran Leslie R. Doggett will face many challenges. Not the least of these will be putting the city back on the map and uppermost in the minds of the nation's convention and meeting planners -- a job for someone with a fat Rolodex, keen promotions ideas and a deal-closing handshake. Tough times complicate the job: America's hospitality industry has been in turmoil since 9/11. Safety concerns have altered travel patterns while economic woes have curtailed conventions and family tourism, unleashing cutthroat competition among destinations.
NEWS
March 10, 2003
Price to conduct workshop on telemarketing Carolyn West Price, president of IMPACT Marketing and Public Relations Inc., has been engaged to present a daylong workshop for the Association of Teleservices International Inc. (ATSI) on March 27. The workshop, "Who Says Marketing Has to Cost a Lot to be Effective?" is open to ATSI members and other call centers or answering services whose members want to attend. Price, who teaches at Loyola College and the Johns Hopkins University, operates her 13-year-old marketing and communications consulting practice in Ellicott City.
BUSINESS
By Bill Atkinson and June Arney and Bill Atkinson and June Arney,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2003
Marshall E. Murdaugh has seen it all before. The 62-year-old consultant with salt-and-pepper hair has watched convention and visitors bureaus crumble under tough economic times, seen presidents fired and lucrative tourism business dry up. So it's not surprising that he isn't frightened by his latest project -- reviving the troubled Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, which is responsible for filling the city's convention complex....
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2001
Last year, when Baltimore landed its largest medical convention ever, the victory gave the sales team at the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association a whole new angle to pitch. Winning that group, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, was a foot in the door of the prestigious and lucrative medical meetings business. And it seems to be helping turn the heads of planners at other large medical conventions. "It has meant a great deal," said Carroll R. Armstrong, president and chief executive officer of BACVA.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2001
Baltimore County planning officials say a proposal to build 32 houses along a scenic stretch of Interstate 83 meets all county planning requirements. The officials testified Friday at a hearing before Baltimore County Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt. Schmidt will determine whether the proposed development on the former Ensor farm in the northern part of the county will be approved. The plan has been the subject of a two-year battle between the landowner and three neighborhood groups, which have hired an attorney to fight the project.
NEWS
April 3, 2000
Recruiting company expands its office in Ellicott City The Hire Power Inc., a recruiting firm in Ellicott City, has expanded its office on Main Street. The Hire Power recruits top sales executives, finance personnel and construction workers. Business-to-business marketer is gaining space Marketing Partners, a business-to-business marketing firm, will move to a larger location today. The new offices will be at 9385 Gerwig Lane, Suite E, Columbia. The company's services include direct mail, telemarketing, database design and management.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1996
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association and the Harbor Court Hotel have received annual awards from Meetings & Conventions magazine.The association, the nonprofit agency charged with luring tourists and conventions, won a "gold service" award.That award is based on overall professionalism and helpfulness of staff, advice on hotels and site inspections, transportation planning assistance, guidance on local attractions and facilities and liaisons with local vendors and services.
NEWS
October 13, 1997
Consulting firm wins several contracts in U.S.Caras & Associates Inc., a Columbia consulting firm specializing in alternative dispute-resolution systems, has received contracts from General Cable in Atlanta; NBC in Fort Myers, Fla.; People Inc. in Williamsville, N.Y.; Heinz Pet Products in Lawrence, Kan.; and Tyson Foods in Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Mississippi.Meeting Planners wins contract for conferencesEllicott City company Meeting Planners Inc., in partnership with ARCCA Inc. of Rockville, has won a contract from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to plan, manage and promote nine telecommuting conferences through next year.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1999
With the passage this month of legislation allowing lucrative tax breaks for downtown hotel developers, city convention officials are set to begin selling Baltimore in earnest.The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association plans to pitch the 750-room Wyndham International Hotel, now under construction on the east side of the Inner Harbor, as an enticement to meeting planners worried about Baltimore's inventory of hotel rooms. And convention officials are optimistic that the legislation will spur an announcement on a Westin hotel on Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor soon.
NEWS
March 30, 1998
River Hill Garden Center will hold a Spring ExpoThe River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, will hold a Spring Expo on Saturday and Sunday.The Expo will include the opening of the center's greenhouse and landscape design center.Gardening, planting and landscape seminars, refreshments, and entertainment for children, including a petting zoo and face paintings, are planned.Tickets will be sold for a raffle to benefit the newly created River Hill Scholarship Fund during the Expo and Easter weekends.
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