RCVB & RASC STAFF LEADERSHIP REPRESENTATION INDUSTRY
American Society of Association Executives Association of Conference Managers Black Meeting Planners Association Christian Meetings & Convention Association Destination Marketing Association International Meeting Planners International Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus Minnesota Society of Association Executives Minnesota Tourism Council
National Association of Sports Commissions Professional Conference Managers Association Religious Convention Managers Association Small Market Meetings Southern Minnesota Tourism Association
Society of Government Meeting Planners Minnesota Chapter The Reunion Network
Assisi Heights Bethel Lutheran Church Friends of Graham Park Fuel Rochester
Gamehaven Council – Boy Scouts of America
Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees
CITY OF ROCHESTER Mayor Ardell F. Brede serves as the face of Rochester as often as possible. He is busy filming video welcomes to events on which the RCVB plans to bid. He also welcomes convention groups and attends, awards, and networks at many RCVB and tourism-related events. In addition to Mayor Brede, City leaders and Council mem- bers also help promote the city at many events.
Mayo Civic Center Advisory Board Rochester Amateur Sports Commission
Rochester Art Center Rochester Arts Council
MAYO CIVIC CENTER The RCVB’s first priority in convention sales is to seek events that can utilize the Mayo Civic Center, southern Minnesota’s largest event center. By working closely with the center’s sales and operations team, the RCVB provides an important link with the trade show, convention, and event industry and is able to bring all parties together to help create winning scenarios. From July 2010 to July 2011, together with hotel partners, RCVB subsidized over $233,277 in meeting planners’ expenses when they chose to use the Mayo Civic Center. This subsidy helps offset the event venue rental expenses. Rebates are also available to help offset costs for some events. Re- bates are paid by local hotels and are based on room nights consumed within the city.
ROCHESTER AMATEUR SPORTS COMMISSION The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission (RASC) has worked closely with the RCVB since its inception in 1991.
In 2005, the RCVB formed a special partnership with the
RASC to provide operational funding and event subsidies that ultimately enabled the RASC to hire additional staff and provide essential resources to accomplish the vision of making Rochester a major national and international destination for amateur sporting events. Additional partnerships with Rochester sports groups, the Rochester Com- munity and Technical College, Rochester Park and Recreation, and Independent School District #535 have been instrumental in accomplishing the goals of the RASC.
HOSPITALITY FIRST – ROCHESTER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A committee of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Hospitality First consists of hospitality industry leaders throughout the Rochester area whose goal is to increase awareness of the economic impact of the industry, provide education for current and future industry professionals, and advocate for initiatives that support the industry. The Hospitality First committee also supports the Destination Medical Community initia- tive through work in five areas: service training, service recovery, service standards, communications, and dietary. The RCVB provides staff leadership for Hospitality First.
The RCVB offers free office space, meeting space and staff resources to the Roch- ester Arts Council and RochesterFest. The goal of these organizations is to celebrate Rochester and to recognize and highlight the quality arts offerings the city has to offer and promote the city as a destination for the arts.
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