Guest Service at The Colorado Convention Center

More than a million visitors visit us each year. Our guest service greeter team helps visitors get to where they need to go. Meet Harold, one of those familiar smiling faces!

Colorado Convention Center guest greeter, Harold from Colorado Convention Center on Vimeo.

Downtown Parking

Looking to enjoy one of the many events taking place in the downtown area this weekend?  Let the Colorado Convention Center provide you with easy to access suggestions in pointers when looking for parking options in the downtown area. 

The Colorado Convention Center provides access to a 1,000 space onsite covered parking garage located off North bound Speer in-between Stout and Champa.

There are basically 3 parking options for downtown, according to the Downtown Denver Partnership and eHow:

1. Free Street Parking
In addition to the pay spots available in Denver, there are several places on the edges of downtown where you can legally park on the side of the street for free. Be sure to carefully read the signs when attempting to park anywhere outside of a metered spot or paid parking lot; many of these neighborhoods will have some parking restrictions or may require a permit.

2. Meters
There are over 43,000 off-street parking spaces in Downtown Denver. Meters typically cost $1 per hour. There are many newly installed "Smart Meters" that now accept credit cards, but all meters still accept nickels, dimes and quarters. There is a two hour parking limit on most meters, however, meter parking is free from Monday through Saturday after 10 p.m. Parking is free all day on Sunday and on city holidays. Be sure to note that there is no parking allowed on Downtown Denver streets between 2 and 6 a.m.

3. Parking lots and garages
In addition to metered parking, there are many pay parking lots located in Downtown Denver. The prices of these lots vary depending on the location of the lot, and will fluctuate depending on whether or not there is a major sporting event that day or night. Please look for the “Park Now” symbol when parking for the garages that follow the Top 5 Parking Priorities.

The Colorado Convention Center lot is convenient for all downtown visitors with its location right off Speer making finding the garage and exiting downtown easier.  The garage provides access to the Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC).

The garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ALL visitors and guests attending ANY event or business in the downtown area. Please visit our Parking page for rates and directions. Please do not forget about public transportation. There is an RTD station located right at the convention center.

10+ things you MUST do while visiting Denver

With the popularity of Twitter these days, we're quite often asked by our event guests, in Tweet form of course, what they should do while in Denver. With the help of VISIT DENVER and the people who love the Mile High City, you have a short (kinda) yet very passionate list of not 10, but 11 things to do while in Denver. 


Here’s your very own guide to a little fun in our over 300 days of sun in Denver:

1. Topping in at number one on our list is visiting the Colorado State Capitol Building. Not only does it offer historical essence and beautiful scenery, but you can also stand at exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. The Mile High City’s 13th step at The Capitol on the west side of the building marks the spot! 

2. Next stop… Denver’s beautiful nature & scenery! Outdoorsy? You’ve found your haven! Rent a bike & take your own tour around the city on 2 wheels! Take your time & leisurely ride or pedal fast & race your way along the Cherry Creek Trail. This is a tour of the city you can do at your own pace. You can explore the outdoors in so many ways with over 300 days of sunshine; you won’t have an excuse to say no! Venture through Denver’s nature on your bike, maybe park your bike to stop & raft down a river, or pause to enjoy a drink outside on a patio, all while enjoying the Rocky Mountain views and spectacular city skyline.  Don’t forget to drink more water than you think you need, it’s very dry here and at a higher altitude your body needs it!

Photo Credit: VISIT DENVER

3. Up for a historic piece of Denver? Check out Denver’s newly restored & redeveloped Union Station! Originally built in 1881, Union Station is expanding to offer multiple sources of transportation, dining, shopping & entertainment & is expected to reopen July 26th, 2014. With transportation being the main focus, there will be access to; the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle, RTD’s Front Range bus route, RTD lightrail stop Union Station, the free downtown Denver circulator, the FasTracks light rail line & Amtrak train. The new & improved station will feature shops & restaurants including; Acme Burger & Brat Corporation, Bloom, The Cooper Lounge, Fresh Exchange, The Kitchen Next Door Community Pub, Mercantile, Milkbox Ice Creamery, Pigtrain Coffee Co., Snooze, Stoic & Genuine, Tattered Cover Book Store & Terminal Bar. Looking for a place to stay? This new transportation & entertainment hub is all created around The Crawford Hotel. This new hotel will open its 112-rooms July 12, 2014. 

Photo Credit: RTD

4. Enjoy a drink? Well, you're in the right place. Colorado or Denver more specifically, is known as the brewing capitol of the West. Denver offers well over 100 craft breweries within the State. A stunning 56 new permitted breweries were added just last year in Colorado, making our total number 217 at the end of 2013. This makes Colorado the number one state in the nation in terms of craft breweries per capita, number one in the nation in beer volume, number two in absolute number of craft breweries by state, and number two in the nation in sheer craft beer volume. Denver was recognized as one of America’s top beer cities in USE Today, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, & CNN. Denver is home to the largest brewing site in the world, Coors Brewery. In 1988, The Wynkoop Brewing Company was identified as the first brewpub to open for business in Colorado. Started by Colorado Govenor, John Hickenlooper, the Wynkoop introduced Coloradoans to the idea of fresh beer and fresh food produced and served at the same site, while also helped in restoration & renewal of historic downtown Denver. So check out some of our local breweries, you have plenty of choices to choose from! Not a beer drinker? You can also check out Colorado’s distilleries & wineries. Denver produces more than 40 single distilleries in Colorado that produces various different liquors. Cheers!


Photo Credit: VISIT DENVER

5. Jumping in at number 6 on our countdown, Washington Park! Explore & experience Washington Park, Denver locals’ favorite! The 165-acre park is a beautiful place for a walk, bike ride or to catch Denver's famous sunsets. This is also a family friendly suggestion; it’s a great place for the kiddos!

Sunset over the lake at Washington Park Credits: Rich Grant

7. Cheering on at number 7 on our count down, sporting events in the Mile High City! Sports Fan? You’ve come to the right place! Denver is home to 7 pro sports teams. You can come at essentially any time of year and expect to be able to see one of our teams playing. Sports teams including NFL’S Denver Broncos, MLB’s Colorado Rockies, NBA’s Denver Nuggets, & NHL’s Colorado Avalanche are must-sees for sports fans. Not only are the sports great to watch but the venues are spectacular as well. Watch QB Peyton Manning take you on an offensive journey through Sports Authority Field at Mile High with picturesque views of the city, or enjoy a Coors beer at downtown’s very own Coors Field when you stop by a Colorado Rockies game or even see both The Colorado Avalanche & Denver Nuggets in the same epic Pepsi Center venue. No matter the sport, you’ll find something to love with such a wide variety of choices!

Fans enjoying a Rockies game Credits: Rich Grant

Number 7 on the countdown offers a little something for everyone. Delve into Denver’s mile-long, 16th Street Mall. The mall includes; 42 outdoor cafes to fully enjoy our 300 days of sunshine, 12 movie theatres in The Denver Pavilions area, & mounds of shopping opportunities. The mile-long sidewalk and bus lanes were designed by architect I.M. Pei, with red, gray & white granite in a repeating pattern so when looked at the straight strip from above the pathway simulates the skin of a Diamondback rattlesnake. The free mall shuttle stops at every corner for easy transportation. Stick around for the night life of 16th Street and take horse-drawn carriage rides or experience pedi-cabs to escort you along the mall while the gleaming lights & over 200 trees make an atmosphere that is unforgettable. 

Autumn colors on the 16th Street Mall Credits: VISIT DENVER

8. One of Denver’s most talked about areas in the city is LoDo located near Coors Field. Though nightlife is prime in this area, it’s not something you just pass by without noticing during the day. LoDo includes 28-square-blocks of restored Victorian buildings that have been renovated to create the perfect nightlife scenery. Restaurants, sports bars, brewpubs, live music venues, not to mention Coors Field, LoDo is full of food, baseball, events & funs things to do at all times. 

Photo Credit: VISIT DENVER

9. Calling all history buffs! Although Denver has grown culturally along with the rest of the West, Denver strives to preserve its Old West legacy. You can explore the urbanized city and still find the history mixed within and around throughout the city. Here’s a few of the top Old West Attractions near Denver; History Colorado Center, American Museum of Western Art-The Anschutz Collection, Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum, Black American West Museum, Four Mile Historic Park, Rockmount Ranch Wear, Civic Center Park, Western American Art Collection at The Denver Art Museum & many more. 

10. Well, we saved the oldest for second to last, but also the most contemporary & trend worthy.  Denver’s oldest block, Larimer Square (between 14th & 15th Street) includes shops & boutiques with the latest fashions from around the world. The short stretch of road before the corner has breathtaking mountainous views to take in while still enjoying the city lifestyle. There are also various restaurants & nightclubs that line this area for nightlife entertainment. 

Daytime at Larimer Square Credits: Stevie Crecelius

11. Last but not least and growling in at the number 11 spot on our countdown is the infamous Blue Bear statue peeking into the Colorado Convention Center. Artist Lawence Argent named the friendly piece, “I See What You Mean.” Combining Argent’s passion for regional western art with a non-resident’s perspective of curiosity has not only become one of the iconic symbols of the Colorado Convention Center, but also an iconic symbol of the city itself. So stop by & say hi to Blue Bear & take a selfie for social media using #CCCBlueBear

#CCCBlueBear in #Denver with @DenverPublicArt @CCCBlueBear

Photo: 321 Media Productions via "Why Choose Denver? Let Us Show You" 


This is just a small mention on ALL there is to do in Denver. For more on things to do in Denver, visit

Facts and information: VISIT DENVER

Photo Credits: VISIT DENVER, Stevie Crecelius, Rich Grant, 321 Media Productions, and RTD. 

Guest Blogger: Cailtlin Clark

10 Things You Must Do in Denver This Fall

While still encountering beautiful temperatures in Denver this time of year, the fall charm is beginning to fill the air as September is here! Did you know that Denver's fall months are filled with the City's greatest events? While it's not fall yet, the buzz in and around the city is that we're all excited for the cool crisp air, chai tea lattes, and getting up to the mountains for those spectacular views. From the taste of the local pumpkin brews to the leaves changing colors, these are just some of the must do events that help you get into the spirit of the season!

#1. To kick things off, A Taste of Colorado wraps up the summer season to celebrate food, community pride, music and much more. On September 2 - 5, enjoy the local food that fuels our City's tastebuds.  

# 2. In our very own expo halls, The Colorado Fall Home Show helps you remodel, refresh and renew your home. Who doesn't need a refresher after spending the time in the mile high outdoors all summer? Mark those calendars for September 9 - 11 or get tickets now here.  

# 3. October Fest. The name says it all. Who doesn't love immersing themselves in a German tradition? On September 23 - 25, September 30 - October 2, Octoberfest lives on in the Mile High City! 

# 4. Another fall tradition that is known as the largest beer festival in the country takes the fourth spot on this list. Great American Beer Festival (GABF) takes place on October 6-8 for those of you with the golden ticket. If you have a ticket to GABF, congrats you got one of the fastest selling tickets in the City. If not, there's always next year.  In 2016 alone, there are more than 800 breweries, 3,800+ beers and 60,000 attendees expected. That calls for a cheers! 

# 5. For those of you still bummed you couldn't get the hottest ticket in town, no worries, Denver Beer Fest is taking place on September 30 - October 8. This event is a citywide celebration of all things beer in Denver. Best part, this event supports all the local breweries with events you cant miss. Check it out and see you on the town experiencing our City's hops. 

# 6. Throwing in some laughs to go along with those fall brew releases, you can't pass up an evening or two of comedy. On October 1st, spend some time with the host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Presented by the Zarlengo Foundation, you can't miss this evening of comedy! Can't make it, on October 15th, The Festival of Laughs with Mike Epps presents an evening of unforgettable laughs while the kids stay home with grandma and grandpa creating their costumes for Halloween. After Halloween, give the kiddos something to look forward to with other shows like Wild Kratts Live on November 20 and PAW Patrol Live on December 17/18.

# 7. Keep in mind that these are in no particular order because next up is one of our favorites and can be experienced all over the City. The changing leaves is an event timed by where you are elevation wise in the state of Colorado. With five different climate zones, pick your elevation, bring your camera and immerse yourself. Can you guess one of our personal favorites? It involves a little orange and "Blue" outside the convention center. As you know, bears love the cooler temps so we can assume Blue Bear loves this fall event as well! 

# 8. In the mood for some Ghoulish events? Fright Fest, Pumpkin Fest, Boo at the Zoo, Denver Zombie Crawl are just a few. Check them all out here

# 9. This event is a fall event that not only prepares you for what's ahead but also saves you money. Another event taking place in our very halls, The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo on November 4 - 6 is your one stop shop for deals on skis, snowboards, equipment, and you name it! 

# 10. Last but not least, the taste of all the fall foods make us feel warm and cozy and so will this guy. Another hot ticket in the city just because it's Anthony Bourdain, did you hear us right? Yes, Anthony Bourdain's Hunger Tour kicks off this fall in North America and Denver is on the list. On November 18 at Bellco Theatre here at the center, this event is a must see. Hungry yet? 













Photos: VISIT DENVER, GABF, and Colorado Convention Center

Great American Beer Festival Going Green

Tickets went on sale this week for the 35th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF). GABF was founded in 1982 by the Brewers Association, with the first event held in Boulder, Colorado, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since. GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. 

This year represents the first time that GABF has been recognized with Certifiably Green Denver (CGD) certification. To achieve certification, the GABF implemented a variety of practices designed to realize savings in water, energy, waste, sustainable management and transportation practices. Some examples include:

•    Eliminating waste from bottled water by setting up filling stations throughout the event
•    Purchasing carbon offsets for a portion of the energy consumed by the event
•    Ensuring all cups and serviceware are recyclable and compostable, and providing staffed zero waste stations to help patrons to sort the waste streams properly

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is excited for GABF to be implementing new sustainable practices as we as are a venue that strives to be leaders in sustainability. The CCC has been awarded many sustainability awards including the LEED Gold Certification, the Environmental Leadership Program Gold Leader Certification, EMS ISO 14001 (from the City of Denver’s Environmental Management System), and the Green Meeting Industry Council Certification. 

To learn more about sustainability programs at the Colorado Convention Center visit 

In Drone Style, Explore the Beautiful Colorado Convention Center and Where We are Now

In 2016 and beyond, explore the beautiful Colorado Convention Center, its newest features as well as what is to come, all in drone style. Thanks to Heidi at 321 Media Productions, get first glance at our newest video now!


Explore the Colorado Convention Center from Colorado Convention Center on Vimeo.

Denver Makes Top 10 for High-Tech Transportation Options

Guest Blog by Danny Katz, Director, CoPIRG and the CoPIRG Foundation, member of the Steering Committee for Live.Ride.Share

Last March, the CoPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group released a new report that ranks American cities on how many new technology-enabled services and tools they have to meet transportation needs. We ranked Denver 8th among the nation’s 70 largest cities.

The report, “The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce Your Need to Own a Car,” compared cities based on the presence of these new technologies, including ridesourcing services like Uber and Lyft, carsharing services like eGo CarShare and Zipcar, bikeshare and ridesharing systems, apps for navigating public transit and hailing taxis, and virtual ticket purchasing, among others.

We think the research demonstrates how rapid technological advances have enabled new transportation tools that make it convenient for more Americans to live full and engaged lives without owning a car.

None of these options even existed a few years ago, and the trend is just beginning. Technological advances are giving people new and convenient ways to get around more freely without having to own a car.

According to Jeff Inglis from the Frontier Group, “Expanding the availability of shared-use transportation modes and other technology-enabled tools can give more Americans the freedom to live “car-free” or “car-light” lifestyles. Smartphone apps and new transportation services are making it easier for people to get where they need and want to go, while avoiding many costs associated with owning, insuring and maintaining a private vehicle."

If you look at our report you’ll see that at the time, Denver residents had numerous high-tech transportation options and tools available to them including:

One-way carsharing provided by companies like car2go.
Round-trip carsharing provided by companies like Zipcar, eGo CarShare, Hertz and Enterprise.
Ridesourcing provided by companies like Uber and Lyft.
Peer-to-peer carsharing provided by Relay rides.
Taxi-hailing apps like Curb and individual company apps for many of the local providers.
Bikesharing provided by Denver’s Bcycle program.
Apps and smartphone resources for connecting with RTD’s transit system
Multi-modal apps and smartphone resources like Ridescout and the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Way to Go program that provide Denver residents tools to compare different modes of travel and design options for themselves.

The breadth of Way to Go’s program did not fit neatly into any one of the categories that the CoPIRG Foundation study examined but is worth mentioning. A partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and seven local transportation management associations (TMAs), Way to Go offers not only a regional ridematching service for carpools, vanpools, and schoolpools but also provides resources and tools for biking, walking, public transportation, carsharing, work schedule options (such as telework, flexwork and compressed work week), and the Guaranteed Ride Home, organizes the Bike to Work Day and works with employers to use and promote commute options in the workplace.

Leading the pack among the 70 cities were Austin, San Francisco and Washington, DC, which each have at least 10 of the 11 high-tech transportation options examined in the report. Denver was tied for 8th with Minneapolis, Seattle, and San Diego.

Denver was among the group of 19 top cities with a combined population of 28 million that offered eight or more technology-enabled transportation services and options.  These cities with abundant choices all adopt open-data policies, which have led to the development of multi-modal apps that allow passengers to transition seamlessly through different modes of transportation. For example, switching from transit to bike share for the last mile of a commute.

Individually, these services and tools make a difference. But together, they are more than the sum of their parts. Someone considering riding public transit instead of driving, for instance, will want to know about complementary options for times when riding the bus or train wouldn’t be convenient.

There is much that cities can do to encourage more and better use of innovative transportation choices. Just because these services are new shouldn’t stop officials from responsibly integrating them into their plans and policies.

Even when these services provide access to a car, they still make it easier for Americans to reduce their auto dependence because a traveler does not need to pre-commit to long-term costs of ownership, repairs, insurance and parking.

We’re just seeing the beginning of what technology can do to transform how we get from point A to point B. It’s great to see that Denver has been on the forefront of this transportation evolution. These new options will help define city life in the years to come. 

But we need policy-makers and elected officials to do even more to explore ways to tap the potential of technology-enabled services to address transportation challenges and increase the number of people with the option to live car-free or car-light lifestyles.


 I’m excited to continue to explore these opportunities at Live Ride Share coming up fast on May 17th.

 See you there!

- Guest Blog by Danny Katz, Director, CoPIRG and the CoPIRG Foundation, member of the Steering Committee for Live.Ride.Share

Spring into E-Cycling! (No Pedaling Necessary)

Spring cleaning sounds all too familiar this time of year. In all of the re-arranging, dusting, and painting to refresh the home, there's a pile that has been lurking all too long, and that's the pile you have no idea what to do with. That pile includes all the electronics that you don't need any more but there is something you can do. In the state of Colorado, there are many recycling events in your community that will help you do the spring cleaning, while you reduce your carbon footprint. Keep in mind that state law prohibits electronic waste from being put in landfills. That gives us all the more reason to take spring cleaning seriously and get rid of those unwanted piles of electronics at an E-cycling event near you! Want to see what the convention center is up to sustainability wise? Check our our latest sustainability report


2016 E-cycling Events in Aurora
May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
July 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

* Open to Aurora residents and non-residents
* Collected and recycled by Techno Rescue, a veteran-owned green IT company located in Aurora.
* Recycle Televisions, DVD players, computers, VCRs, stereos, printers, fax machines, cell phones, microwaves, small appliances and more.
* Fees:  CRT televisions - $20, CRT computer monitors - $10, All other items, including flat screen televisions and monitors - no charge. Prices are subject to change.  



When:  Saturday, April 23, 2016
What time: 12 pm – 3 pm
Where: The Waterpark Office building big parking lot, 2530 S Havana Street, Aurora CO 80014

(NE corner of Parker Road and Havana, just south of Olive Garden and SE of The Stampede.
Cost:  FREE (see below)

Entercom Denver's 6 stations are sponsoring this free audio and visual recycling event which is hosted and produced by On Havana Street.  Techno+Rescue is our electronic recycling partner.  Entercom Denver will be rewarding you for participating in the responsible disposal of outdated electronic equipment by providing a chance to win an HD radio and tickets to an upcoming concert

What items can be recycled for Free: 

·         Computers

·         Towers

·         Laptops

·         Notebooks

·         Cell phones

·         Office phones

·         Pagers

·         Flat Screen computer monitors

·         Keyboards

·         Printers

·         Copiers

·         Fax machines

·         Mice for computers

·         Cables

·         Cords

·         Batteries 

·         Televisions--any size--yes, free recycling of TVs--limit one TV recycled for free per family.  Additional TVs, over the one per family limit, can be recycled at a cost $40 each. We even accept those big old rear-projection TVs at this event.  CRT monitors (cathode ray tube) can be recycled for a $10 fee to cover the proper disposal of the lead in the monitors.  Older TV'S and computers typically contain about 4-7 lbs of lead which is toxic and can cause cancer and reproductive disorders. 

Questions about the event? Call Gayle Jetchick at 303-360-7505

Questions about what can/cannot be recycled? Call Techno Rescue at 303-482-2207


City of Lafayette Public Works Electronics Recycling Collection Event

Open to all Colorado Residents
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9 am - 2 pm
City of Lafayette Service Center:

1700 Avalon Avenue, Lafayette, CO 80026

Recycling Fees:

TVs/Monitors up to 20”: $15

TVs/Monitors larger than 20”: $25

Small electronics/fax/DVD/printers/microwaves: $5-$10

Desktops/laptops/keyboards/cellphones/ipods/PDAs: FREE

Cash or credit cards only.
For a list of accepted items or questions please call Metech Recycling at 720-377-7700


2016 Electronic Recycle Drop-off

Event Dates:  March 26 and August 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:  The March 26 event will be held at the Adams County Regional Park located at 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO  80601​.  The August 27 event will be held at Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington Street.

Guidelines:  Thornton residents may bring their televisions, computer monitors, DVD players, and other electronics in for recycling.  There will be a fee of $5 per vehicle for all electronics up to one TV or computer monitor.  A $10 fee will be assessed for each vehicle carrying up to three TVs and/or computer monitors.  There will be a maximum of three TVs and/or computer monitors accepted per vehicle.


Hard to Recycle Events

140 Martin Street

2016 Event Dates

·         March 26

·         June 18

·         September 10


Eco-Cycle and the City of Longmont are pleased to offer three annual collection events at the Waste Diversion center for hard-to-recycle materials that are normally accepted only in Boulder. Collections are held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The Waste Diversion Center is located at 140 Martin Street. 

We will accept most of the items typically accepted at the CHaRM facility in Boulder.  This includes electronics such as computers, TV’s and stereo equipment.  There is a fee for electronic items, fire extinguishers, bike tires and tubes, and porcelain fixtures such as toilets and urinals.

Items collected at no charge include #6 white block foam, cell phones, printer and inkjet cartridges, single or paired athletic shoes, computer keyboards, mice, cables, books and manuals, plastic bags, textiles and big durable #2 plastics.

These items will no longer have individual fees:  Computer Towers/CPU’s and Laptops                                                        

Audio Equipment

• Home Stereo Components: $10

• Car Stereos: $5

Computers & Computer Equipment

• Computer Monitors 19” or smaller: $15

• Computer Monitors 20” to 34”: $23

• Printers/Scanners: $10

• Universal Power Supply (UPS): $10

• Large* misc. computer equip.: 37¢/lb.

*More than 40 lbs.

Copiers & Fax machines

• Fax Machines: $10

• Desktop Copiers: $10

• Large Copiers (over 40 lbs.): 37¢/lb.


• Cell Phones (no charge)

• Office Phones: $4

• Home Phones: $2

Printer Cartridges

• Ink Jet and Laser Jet (no charge)

• Printer Cartridges (no charge)

Small Electronic Items

• Digital Cameras: $2

• Video Game Systems: $5 – $8 (depending on size)

• Ipads, Tablets: No Charge

TVs, VCRs & DVD Players

• TVs 19” or smaller: $15

• Mid-Size TVs 20” to 34”: $23

• Consoles and TVs larger than 34”: $45

• VCRs/DVD Players: $10

• Satellite Boxes: $10


2016 Earth Day Celebration: What's Your Footprint?

 Saturday, April 16

 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lakewood Heritage Center 

Lakewood’s annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakewood Heritage Center. This FREE community event is organized by the Employee’s Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood in order to spread environmental awareness and help attendees make more sustainable choices. Exciting activities at the event include: Live Music from Rob Drabkin, Lara Ruggles, and Gabrielle Louise; Food Trucks; Beer Garden; Climbing Wall; Zero Waste Stations; Electronics Recycling (fees apply); Free Bicycle Valet; Demonstrations on Bee Keeping, Composting, and Backyard Chickens; Fitness Classes; Eco-Shopping; and a Wide Variety of Exhibitors

If you have questions, call 303.987.7686 or email


Arapahoe County Free Shred-a-Thon

...and Electronic Recycling

April 30th, 2016

9:00 am until 11:45 am (Optionally extended until noon)

Arapahoe CU Branch on Colorado Blvd and Arapahoe Rd. (Across from Newton Middle School)

Electronics Recycling

As for electronics, we will take your small electronics and deliver them to R2 Stewardship up north after the shred-a-thon has finished. Arapahoe CU will pay for the recycling, but because we cannot get an onsite pickup, we will have to ask that no large appliances be delivered. As always, we will try to accommodate everything we can, but there are some additional restrictions. Unfortunately, we are unable to take any tube televisions/monitors, refrigerators or alkaline batteries. We may additionally refuse other electronics if we have to (at our discretion), but again, we will do absolutely anything we can to get you taken care of.

Shredding Services are Free

Questions: call 303-740-7063


Douglas Elbert Realtor Association

Electronics Drop Off Event

Saturday, April 23, 2016


3 locations:

Coldwell Banker 18801 E. Mainstreet, Parker

Douglas Elbert Realtor Association 840 Kinner Street, Castle Rock

Safeway 560 Castle Pines Parkway, Castle Pines

Most electronic items are free to recycle. Some fees apply for TVs and Monitors.

Questions call 303-688-0941


E-Recycling Event and Planet Party Celebration at Regional Park

March 26, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton

Adams County and the City of Thornton are partnering with Metech Recycling to offer residents an opportunity to responsibly dispose of their electronic waste. Residents are invited to bring their old TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, and other electronics. Proof of residency is required.

There is a $5 per vehicle fee for all electronics, including up to one TV or computer monitor. A $10 fee will be assessed for each vehicle carrying up to three TVs and/or computer monitors, with a maximum of three TVs and/or computer monitors accepted per vehicle.

Sustainable Adams County is also hosting the Annual Planet Party on March 26 at the same location. Sustainable vendors, food trucks, and activities for kids and adults will be available to all residents. Vendors will include local hand-made goods and services to help you lower your electricity and water consumption.


Computer/Electronics Recycle and Paper Shred Event

NE Corner of Lucent and Highlands Ranch Parkway

Highlands Ranch

May 1, 2016 from 10am-2pm

And September 24, 2016 from 10am-1pm

Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA) is hosting its annual Computer & Electronics Recycling event for you to safely and responsibly recycle the following types of electronic equipment:

·         Computers

·         Monitors

·         Keyboards

·         Fax Machines

·         Telephones

·         Cell Phones

·         Radios

·         Auto Electronics

·         Printers

·         Palm Pilots

·         Computer Mice

·         Laptops

·         Stereos

·         *Televisions-$40 up to 42"

There is a suggested donation of $20 benefiting the Highlands Ranch Community Scholarship Fund.

TVs $40 up to 42". For TVs over 42" please bring directly to Techno Rescue

For specific recycling questions call Techno Rescue Recycling at 303 482-2207. For general event information call 303-791-2500.


7th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K & Health Odyssey Expo

And Electronics Recycling Event

Sunday, April 10, 2016 8:00am – 12pm

1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

The staff of the 1STBANK Center will conduct a FREE small electronics recycle drive during the expo.  This is a great opportunity to clean out those electronics in your home and clean up the earth. Electronics that will be accepted for recycling include: batteries, cell phones, desktop computers, DVD players, keyboards, laptops, light bulbs, mice monitors, network equipment, small printers and fax machines, and stereo equipment.


Year-Round Electronics Recycling Options include:


FREE recycling of desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, shredders, UPS devices, computer peripherals, and small office electronics like mobile phones, GPS, and digital cameras. Accept all brands, but there is a limit of 6 items per customer per day and cannot accept televisions, appliances, floor model copiers, stereo equipment, alkaline batteries, and certain other household electronics.


Best Buy Store #211 (Mexico & I-25)

There is now a recycling fee of $25 for each TV and computer monitor.  Tube TVs up to 32" and flat panel TVs monitors up to 50". Monitors are charged a fee.


For a complete list of what is acceptable for free and what is not accepted at all call 303-758-5805  or visit:


Other unique recycling opportunities

Great Battery Roundup: Recycle your old car batteries

April 19–23, 2016

In support of Earth Day, AAA Colorado is sponsoring its annual battery recycling campaign from.  A typical car battery contains 21 pounds of lead, plastic and sulfuric acid. Nearly all (97%) of the materials in a car battery can be recycled and reused in new batteries, but improper disposal puts these toxic substances into landfills and groundwater instead. Denver metro area residents can schedule a battery pick-up from your home or business weekdays by calling 303-753-8800, ext. 8273, or emailing

Outside of Denver?  Visit this website for drop off locations:

Seven Hidden Features of The Colorado Convention Center That Will Make Your Life Easier in 2016

Headed to the beautiful Colorado Convention Center for your next event in 2016? Enjoy our guide to the seven hidden features that will make things that much easier for you when you're here.  

Opened in 1990, with more than 100 professional meeting planners working together with architects to design every aspect of the building, the result was simple; a sensible, state-of-the-art facility with easy traffic flow and everything you need in a stunningly beautiful building in the heart of downtown Denver. Expanded in 2005, The Colorado Convention Center is well-known as one of the most practical and “user friendly” meeting facilities.

Now for those hidden treasures.

# 1. You won't miss this first stop when walking through in our main entrance. Situated in the heart of our lobby, this is featured as our hidden treasure #1 due to the fact that you can find all the information on Denver's hidden treasures at the VISIT DENVER information hub. Looking to experience one of Denver's microbreweries? Stop and talk to the people that know and love Denver to get the true experience while here for your event. 







#2. Look around. Public art is everywhere. Explore the public art inside the convention center with this map made just for you. 






#3. The electronics most likely need a boost after a day of breakout sessions. These state of the art charging stations can't be missed. Located in our main concourse and in our 600/200 meeting room hallways, this is a way to supercharge your phone and laptops. 







#4. Printing, shipping, packaging and more on your to do list? The UPS Store located in concourse A offers a variety of services tailored to help you make the best of event at the Colorado Convention Center. 







#5. Hanging out in between breakout sessions doesn't mean you should miss checking out the voice of the Convention Center (AKA, Blue Bear). If you engage with your event via Twitter, go ahead and tag us! You never know when we may RT you. 








#6. Hidden treasure #6 comes in two different sizes. Denver's icon can be yours if you visit our gift shop located in concourse A. Find yourself too busy during event day? Place an order on our website








#7. With two Denver B-cycle stations located right outside the convention center, this is great way to experience the crisp fresh air of the Mile High City. Find each station outside our main entrance at 14th and Stout and 14th and Welton. Denver B-Cycle is amongst the largest bike sharing program in the U.S. and is accessible for all who enjoy a nice bike ride through the city. 

The Salvation Army Delivers The Spirit of Christmas to Families in Need - A Volunteer’s Story

Year after year, the Salvation Army provides great opportunities to help others by volunteering. "Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise to America of Doing the Most Good."

This is a story that we tell today before a wonderful Christmas dinner is served to 1,500 of those in the most need here in the Denver Metro area. Hundreds of those who find joy in the enrichment of others gathered here at the convention center to share in the joy of giving their time to help those in need.

Situated at the entrance, hot chocolate is given out to give warmth and share in the spirit of excitement. This is where the stories begin. 








To capture those stories, staff and volunteers at the convention center were to sure stop and talk to to those involved and hear their joy and excitement with sharing their time with those in need. Leroy Haynes, pictured below, along with his four daughters and one son, gather every year to partake in the spirit of giving however Leroy has more to tell. In being a proud volunteer for 50 years for the Salvation Army, Leroy's smile has touched the heart of many as he is proud to share the many stories he has been a part of over the years.












Every year in the Denver Metro area, along with your toy donations, The Salvation Army is able to collect over 50,000 toys. Today, over 3,000 are given out and volunteers are at work wrapping toys and placing them in bags for the families attending the event today. 








While this is taking place, hundreds of volunteers line up to hear how they will be helping out. Positions range from the helping at the bounce house, to serving over 1,500 people Christmas dinner.








And not to mention, all with smiles. 








While everyone heads to their volunteer station, the band warms up. Soon the sound of Christmas will fill the air. 








Today, this only touched the surface of the joy in being a volunteer. Next time, when you donate to the little red kettle as the bell ringer says "thank you", you now not only see how your donation helps those in need, but you see how volunteering can make a difference too. When you give to The Salvation Army Denver Metro, your generous support transforms lives, strengthens families, and improves our communities.

The Salvation Army Metro Denver is committed to serving people in need by caring for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – in order to transform lives, strengthen families, and build our communities.

Colorado Convention Center Continues to Be Recognized As a Champion of Environmental Stewardship

The Colorado Convention Center has received yet another award recognizing our commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness. The Colorado Convention Center will accept the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program’s (ELP) Gold Leader award at this year’s ELP Annual Award Event in October.

The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a voluntary program, within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), designed to recognize and reward organizations and businesses that demonstrate superior environmental/sustainability performance and, as a result, consistently operate at a level that goes beyond compliance with environmental regulations and are working towards the goal of sustainability.  The awards event recognizes Colorado organizations with Gold, Silver and Bronze designations. There is no fee for participation and members can receive state incentives.

To qualify for the Gold Leader award the Colorado Convention Center had to have:

A few of the many sustainable practices that lead to the Colorado Convention Center receiving the Gold Leader ELP in 2015 include:

Across the Colorado there are 96 Gold Leaders that have achieved this highest recognition for environmental stewardship. These leaders, along with the 33 Bronze Achievers and 29 Silver Partners have combined to create a huge environmental impact across Colorado. These participants have saved 1,006,258,907 gallons of water (equivalent to 1,525 Olympic sized pools), saved 486,079,338 Kwh of energy (equivalent to energy use for 30,582 homes for one year), saved 64,663,372 Therms of gas usage (equivalent to removing 72,178 passenger vehicles from the road), and recycled 240,456 tons of materials.

For more information about the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Website.

The Colorado Convention Center is excited to receive this award and  is dedicated to continue our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and be a sustainability leader in the meeting and events industry. 

The Great American Beer Festival Focuses on Decreasing Their Impact on the Environment

It is almost that time of year, again. The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) comes to the Colorado Convention Center September 24th – 26th for the 33rd year in a row. The premier U.S. beer festival and competition, the GABF not only represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, but also showcases the diverse beers that make craft brewing one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry.  However, what is less known is the great commitment to sustainability that GABF maintains. Each year, the event improves on its strategies to lower environmental impacts through waste reduction, resource recovery, energy use and education.

In 2014, GABF diverted over 62% of its total waste, saving 22.98 tons of material from the landfill. Additional innovative waste management techniques include the banning of all Styrofoam, ensuring all items at the conference (including beer glasses) are recyclable or compostable, and switching to bulk condiments in the food service area. All the efforts work towards GABF’s commitment to be part of the Green Meetings Industry Council’s goal to divert one million tons of trash from the landfill.

While today “green” is a commonplace buzzword, GABF is showing true commitments to both reducing their own impact and educating it’s more than 60,000+ attendees on the importance of sustainable choices. Through innovative partnerships with ZeroHero on waste services, Freeman Exhibit Services on reuse of display materials, Colorado Convention Center, Centerplate Catering for compostable food service ware, Governor’s Energy Office and the Colorado Carbon Fund to offset energy usages, GABF is doing its part. “I’m very proud of the commitment our team has made to ensuring continued improvement on our sustainability goals. An event this large requires coordination, communication & cooperation between vendors, various venue departments and key festival staff. This is an important issue for our brewery membership & association staff. Though challenging at times, we will continue to look for creative ways to further decrease our impact on the environment. I look forward to another successful year of “greening” the event!” said Nancy Johnson, Event Director.

So whether you are attending the 2015 GABF as a guest or exhibitor, the Colorado Convention Center welcomes you, and encourages you to follow in the footsteps of the premier beer festival in the country, and reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible.

For more information on GABF’s sustainability efforts, you can visit  

Explore Denver’s Rich Art Culture on Foot with the Art Lover’s Walking Tour

It’s easy to look around downtown Denver and be captivated by all the art that surrounds the city. From giant pencils, and life size cows, to murals around every corner and painted pianos lining the streets there is something for all artistic tastes. Denver’s art scene is thriving, and thanks to Denver’s Imagine 2020 plan there is so many different types of work to explore, and mostly for free. Step outside and enjoy the 300 days of sunshine in the mile high city, while taking in the breathtaking pieces of local and international artists. This Art Lover’s Walking Tour of Denver is just slightly over two and a half miles and includes some of Denver’s most iconic pieces across the city including many here at the Colorado Convention Center. Take an afternoon and get to know all of the beautiful art Denver has to offer.


Santa Fe Art District
Santa Fe Drive between Alameda Ave and 12th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

Start your tour in the bustling Santa Fe Art District. The street is lined with 60+ galleries showcasing artwork of all shapes and sizes and across all artistic disciplines.  If you are looking for even more excitement visit the area on the First Friday of any month to experience the street filled with people, live music, great food, and of course amazing art work. After you’ve had your fill of galleries keep heading north to get to the next stop of the walking tour.

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

The next stop is the Denver Art Museum. Head east onto 13th Ave., turn north onto Acoma Street and the museum will be on your left. This is Denver’s largest art destination. The art here spans across all styles and eras.  Get lost amongst ever changing art exhibits on the multiple floors of the museum. If you are looking for a low cost art tour there several sculptures outside of the building, including the” Big Sweep”, by Claes Olden burg and Coosje van Bruggen, or first Saturdays are free to attend and kids under 18 are always free.

Denver Public Library

10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-1111

Take a short walk to the next stop on the tour by heading back out onto 14th Ave. and then heading east to visit the Denver Public Library that will be located on your left. The iconic building was designed in 1990 by architect, Michael Graves, a world leader in design and architecture. Head into the library to see the 130 yard long, “A Rolling Historical Landscape of Colorado and the West” by Edward Ruscha. This 70 panel piece highlights Colorado’s voices of the past. There are also various pieces outside of the building including Donald Lipski’s 21 foot pinto horse on a huge red chair called, “The Yearling” and “Lao Tzu” another enormous sculpture, 16 tons to be precise, that is done by Mark di Suvero.

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

To get to our very own Colorado Convention Center, and next stop on the tour, head northwest through Civic Center Park (this park is home to many fountains, statues and gardens of its own to admire) and turn left onto 14th Ave to find the Colorado Convention Center and the famous Blue Bear, “I See What You Mean” by Lawrence Argent. This 40 feet curious bear peeking into the building was named one of Denver’s most photogenic places. Once the awe wears off (and the camera is full of pictures) be sure to take a step back and take in the entirety of the beautifully designed building by architect Curtis W. Fentress. With over 26 art pieces both inside and out of the building there are many opportunities to admire local art. More information about all the pieces can be found at here.

Denver Center Performing Arts Complex
950 13th St.
Denver, CO 80202

The final stop of this tour is the Denver Center of Performing Arts complex. The complex is located just up the street on 14th from the Colorado Convention Center. Welcoming you to the center are two giant sculptures, titled “Dancers” by Jonathan Borofsky. These 60 foot tall dancers look like they are in a state of perpetual movement, represent the charm and beauty of performance art. Make sure you take time to walk through the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex, to enjoy more sculptures and the beautiful architecture of the building.

If you would prefer a guided tour the Colorado Convention Center’s Walking Public Art Tour is a free tour lead by some of Denver’s art experts. Get the answers about the Colorado Convention Center’s interesting pieces as well as learn more about the public art selected to reflect Denver and Colorado’s culture on this fun and educational walking tour. Upcoming tour dates include Sunday, July 12, Sunday, July 26 and Sunday, August 16. All tours are from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Be sure to register here.

The Colorado Convention Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The Colorado Convention Center Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with CAB

This month we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Colorado Convention Center. Last week the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) celebrated its anniversay by hosting the Customer Advisory Board Reunion in the building. The Customer Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of industry leaders that serve on the board for a 2-year term. Their opinions, insights, and knowledge have helped Denver become one of the top convention destinations in the nation.  This was a celebration of both the current and past board members, all who have significantly contributed to the first 25 years of success by creating $2 billion worth of business  for the CCC.  With their support the next 25 years are sure to be even more successful. 

The Start of Something Grand

The Colorado Convention Center wasn’t the first convention center in Denver. In fact, the first was the Denver Auditorium that opened in 1908 for the Democratic National Convention. Eventually, a new venue was needed to accommodate Denver, so in 1969 the Currigan Hall was completed. This facility covered two full city blocks and was connected to the Auditorium by a sky bridge.  However, by the 1980’s, once again Denver looked to create a bigger and better center to fulfill the needs of the ever expanding city. In June 1990, the Colorado Convention Center opened its doors as the largest public meeting facility in Colorado at over 389,000 square feet in total size. A sensible, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown, the CCC was created with the intent to create global reach for the beautiful state of Colorado. More than 100 professional meeting planners worked with architects to design a building that was extremely user friendly. It was quickly realized that this center would need to be expanded to keep up with the demand, and in 2004 another 380,000 square feet of meeting space was added to the facility. With over 769,000-square feet in meeting space along with the state of the art 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre, the CCC has hosted over 250 events annually. From medical conventions to Denver Comic Con, the Colorado Convention Center is a diverse space that serves as Denver’s knowledge sharing center and entertainment hub. The Colorado Convention Center supports the community not only economically, (the CCC generates more than $500 million in annual economic impact), but also by supporting local art through the Imagine 2020 campaign and being an industry leader for sustainability (it was the first building of its kind to receive LEED certification).

Below is an animation that demonstrates the growth of the Colorado Convention Center 1999 – 2016 (Ken Schroeppel DenverInfill)













An Eye Towards The Future

Denver has become the number one destination for millennials, causing a booming economy and huge population growth. This has translated into a need for a further expansion and improvements in order to adjust to changing industry trends and to stay competitive. An initiative to be placed on the ballot in November will ask Denver voters to keep two taxes in place that will fund these facility changes at the CCC. These improvements could bring an additional $50 million in economic impact annually according to a study by the Strategic Advisory Group.  While some changes may be in the works for the Colorado Convention Center, it is clear that for the last 25 years the center has been a catalyst for Downtown Denver and Colorado and it is planned to be one for 25 more.  

The Denver Post and Bellco Credit Union Give Metro Area Young Women An Evening With Malala Yousafzai

The Denver Post Learn Today - Lead Tomorrow: An Evening with Malala program is an opportunity for Denver metro area young women to hear the education activists' lecture and inspiring words at the Unique Lives & Experiences Women's Lecture Series. Six nonprofit agencies were invited to bring eight young women and two chaperones to the lecture on Wednesday, June 24.

Prior to Malala Yousafzai speaking, the 60 program guests will enjoy snacks, receive a copy of the "I Am Malala" book courtesy of Bellco Credit Union, and will take part in a photo collage of inspiring words representing what Malala and her experiences mean to them. Agencies include Emily Griffith Opportunity School; Excelsior Youth Center; Girls Inc,; Girl Scouts of Colorado; Smart-Girl; and The Women's Foundation of Colorado. In addition to attending the lecture and participating in the Denver Post Learn Today - Lead Tomorrow program, six of the young women will get to meet Malala backstage. 

At only age 17, Malala Yousafzai has been the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people in 2013, won the European Parliament's Sakharov price for Freedom of Thought, and in 2011 she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Her work has given a face to the need of education for women across the globe. As co-founder of the Malala Fund, she has helped to champion the voices of other girls, highlighting what works in girls’ education and calling on leaders to do more. Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration to us all, and we are proud to have an opportunity for young women across the Denver metro area to get to learn from such a strong mentor. 

If you are looking to be a part of this event, tickets are still available to see Malala speak June 24. 

Dedicated to Public Art, the Colorado Convention Center Adds 6 New Pieces to Collection

The Colorado Convention Center has been a longtime supporter of the creative sector of Colorado. In May of 2014, the “Imagine 2020” initiative was introduced by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who remarked “art and culture are the heart of this great city. Imagine 2020 will inspire us to take Denver’s creative economy to the next level.” Imagine 2020 is a cultural plan made up of seven visions for Denver, designed to benefit the nearly 21,000 people and 3,600 businesses of the creative sector in Denver. The seven visions include integration by increasing art, culture, and creativity in daily life, amplifying arts, culture, and creativity to residents and the world, achieving access and inclusivity to  arts, culture, and creativity, filling our lifetimes with learning, building careers and businesses by nurturing local talent, fueling our economic engine, and leading cultural development to 2020 and beyond. Executive Director of Denver Arts and Venues said “art should be unavoidable; it should be accessible to people and be sort of unexpected. The more you do that, the more unavoidable it is and the higher the profile of the city and the more people just come to expect it.”

In 2015, the Colorado Convention Center has aquired six new pieces of artwork. These pieces have been placed throughout the building. Here is a brief description of each new piece. 

“Glimmer”; “Waggenwaybreen”; “Lasvik Cut”

Beau Carey

This series of paintings by Beau Carey are based on the artist’s 2013 winter artist-in-residence at Denali National Park. The paintings represent the artist’s continued explorations and focus on vast open spaces with passages of jagged, exacting mountains. Carey utilizes the formal element of the compositions such as the horizon line, not only as a construct that establishes background, middle ground and foreground, but acts equally as a boundary between surfaces, exposing imagined/hidden geologic processes. These same structures provided clues to 14th-17th century explorers engaged in coastal profiling that eventually defined how modern landscape was spatially structured. This structure while fully absorbed into the cliché of modern landscape painting is not innocuous. It is rooted in a history of globalism and environmental dominance. Carey enjoys the challenges of working in the field where variables exist that cannot be created in the studio. Painting with mittens on in minus fifteen-degree temperature, mixing paints, adding walnut oil to prevent them from freezing, create as he describes, marks that are reflective of the situation in a way that a photograph cannot possibly convey. These on-site paintings are later developed in the studio reflecting the ideas obtained in the field and are evidenced by the three paintings on display.

“Seattle Cows”

Don Coen

Don Coen’s life journey to become an influential contemporary artist began at a very early age while growing up on his family farm in Lamar, Colorado. Raised without a television, the young Coen began at the early age of five designing and building his own toys and drawing by kerosene lamps at night around the kitchen table. From those quiet nights until the present, Don’s work has been inspired by his experience working the land with his family and several Latino families that lived and worked alongside Coen throughout his childhood and early adult years. Don’s arduous life on the farm unveiled a deep love and connection to the surreal beauty of the eastern Colorado plains and to the people that worked the land. His ability to see this landscape in its entirety began and continues to result in powerful artworks that capture the landscape, people, and fauna that represent the American plains. Throughout his career, Coen’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and recognized by many publications, awards and museums. A powerful statement of universal realization and intense reverence for life is created by Coen’s telling of the forgotten beauty and reality of farm life. Coen’s large-scale paintings are surreal with a remarkably soft focus when viewed at close proximity but become riveting with life when viewed from a distance. Coen’s works continues to evolve and elevate our collective consciousness about our modern agricultural traditions. His work is widely collected throughout the world and part of permanent collections of many prominent museums.


Sandra Kaplan

This work depicts a 360-degree view of the Japanese Garden in the Denver Botanic Gardens. Please take a walk with me through the garden. As a painter, I hope to bring a totally immersive experience to the viewer. Sculpture or installations sometimes achieve this goal, but the seductive quality of paint has been at the forefront of my artistic imagination since the beginning of my career. To make “Unabridged,” I shot a 360-degree photographic panorama in the Japanese Gardens. The image was first photographed by shooting a large number of overlapping photos. Creating a sense of immediacy for the viewer required that I add a bit of distortion to the images. To that end, I used a close-up lens for the lower half of the image, and a wide-angle lens for the upper half. The resulting photo collage consisted of about 50 photos. The day I photographed was magical, with a pristine sky. The air was moist, and spring promised to arrive soon even as patches of snow lingered, a common event in Colorado. The colors in my painting became saturated, as a way of sharing the visual intensity of my time in the garden. “Unabridged” has been shown in the round, around a corner, and straight along the length of a wall. I like the “straight” version best, which is how the painting is installed here at the Colorado Convention Center. The “straight wall” display adds an element of time to the viewing process, inviting viewers to approach the painting as if walking through a garden, except—in this case—the garden is made with paint, color, light, and, I hope, the emotional flavor of a glorious Colorado day.

“1000 Prayers”

Yoshitomo Saito

I call myself a vegetarian when it comes to describe my Nature Abstraction series. I avoid fat, oily, meat-packed, muscular, aggressive macho sensibilities traditionally associated with bronze works. Instead, I deal with earthy, delicate, thin, detailed, microscopic, and nutrition-rich image of plant life as a base to come up with a string of abstract sculptures. The abstraction I meant by here always includes my odd interventions to the actual images found in the backyard. And pieces I create are constellations of my symbolic unity with nature and the memories of my intuitive observation. Also the idea of commemoration comes into this series often. For instance, in the midst of creating a bronze pinecone installation work “1000 Prayers” (2011), a major catastrophic event took place in Japan. Witnessing the heartbroken images of Tsunami attacks from my country, the whole sculpture making process I was at became a form of prayer in my studio. The more I thought about the repetitive nature of what I was doing, the more it started to resemble the Japanese cultural habit of folding one thousand Origami paper cranes. The tradition visually expresses the compassionate sentiment of its maker for the others in deep trouble. The underlined theme therefore is that of sincerely wishing for the complete healing from the difficult illness, physical wounds or broken heart by addressing the real hope for the future with Origami’s colorful tactile sculptural vision. My choice; pinecones are seedling utilities of pine trees. Since they are so available and mundane therefore they may be seen as less special on the surface level, yet in beneath I have to notice an eye-opening fact that each pinecone contains the wisdom of life force carrying its strong DNA as well as its powerful will not only for the survival sake but also for the glorious prosperous future. To me, it is worth commemorating.

“Forever Colliding”

Laura Krudener

Laura Krudener’s paintings question the impermanence of form while depicting a state of flux. Through various poured techniques and layered drawings, each layer of Krudener’s paintings is informed from the movement of the previous layer. Finding a suspended stillness in the motion of the paint, Krudener’s paintings become a meditation on movement, and the constant search for stillness. Krudener’s paintings are experimental, energetic, and bold. Each painting is its own laboratory into the macrocosm of the universe. “Forever Colliding” is Krudener’s largest painting to date. Laura Krudener received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. Her most recent solo exhibitions “Suspended Chaos” (2013) and “Standing on a Mystery” (2014) as well as the three person exhibition “New Very New” (2015) have been hosted by Plus Gallery in Denver. Krudener and her paintings have been profiled in “Modern in Denver” and “Luxe Colorado.” Her work has been acquired by numerous private and corporate collections in Colorado, New York as well as other locations in the US. Laura paints in her studio in Denver’s RiNo Art District within the Taxi complex.


Roxanne Rossi

We are familiar with the most common form of expression: language. With the “Duologue” series of small paintings Roxanne became more interested in the way certain body movements and gestures serve as a form of non-verbal communication. Roxanne started by asking visitors to her studio if she could take a picture of them to be used for a small painting. With the answer “Yes” becomes the start of a silent duologue between the pairs. Whether conscious or unconscious their movements, postures, gestures, looks, silent signals, and decisions on how to pose seemed to express attitudes and personalities in their familiarity and relationship.. This is a section of what became over 100 acrylic paintings and video of the non-verbal language of pairs.

Colorado Convention Center Announces ASTM Venue Certification: Level 2

The ASTM Venue Certification. What it is and why it’s important.

In January 2015, the Colorado Convention Center not only announced its re-certification to the ASTM/APEX Venue Sustainability Standard, but also achieved an advanced certification level. Always striving to be a leader, the Colorado Convention Center was the first venue to achieve this certification in 2012. 

Other convention centers with this recognition include: Vancouver Convention Center, McCormick Place, Orange County Convention Center, the Las Vegas Sands and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  For a full listing of suppliers who have achieved this certification, including CVB’s and Food and Beverage operations, visit the Project Registry.  

About the Standards:

Spearheaded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and their relationship with the Green Meeting Industry Council, the standards were developed in collaboration between APEX (the Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange) and ASTM (An ANSI certified international standard development organization). Hence the standards are referred to as the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards.

Over the course of three years, a core development team including approximately 50 volunteers served in the capacity of panel members, committee leaders and members spanning the globe and the industry. This group included planners, suppliers, government representatives, non-government and non-industry players. In addition, the processes has had input from more than 350 volunteers globally through direct input to committees, online feedback options and city discussion groups.

The purpose was to develop voluntary standards that can be implemented to create a more sustainable meeting or event. The standards were designed to be: measurable; allow for various levels of engagement (1 thru 4); address policies; and hold both the supplier and planner accountable for implementation.

The standards address best practice in nine sectors of meeting management:  Accommodations, Audio Visual/Production , Communications, Destination Selection, Exhibit, Food and Beverage, Meeting Venue, Onsite Office, and Transportation.

The eight areas of focus within the standards are intended to address both environmental and social impacts, and include:  Staff Management and Environmental Policy, Communication, Waste Management, Energy, Air quality, Water, Procurement, and Community Partners.

For more information about the standards, visit the Convention Industry Council.

Lindsay Arell- Sustainable Programs Manager

Colorado Convention Center Loves Pets

Last month the Colorado Convention Center designated a pet friendly area outside of the facility, which has made many pets and their owners very happy. After careful consideration, that included the consultation of various Denver residents and businesses, it was decided that the north-west corner of 14th and Welton would be the home of the new pet friendly spot. Many people and their pups have taken advantage of area, using it as a break from downtown Denver’s concrete jungle. Even with the 152 acres of parks in downtown Denver, it can sometimes be difficult to find a designated pet acceptable area that is why the Convention Center created a place that is more accessible for many office dogs. With approximately twenty percent of companies allowing their employees to bring their pets to work there is a need for space. The Colorado Convention Center is proud to help make the city a little more pet friendly.​

Project Homeless Connect Offers A Helping Hand To Those In Need

A sea of yellow spanned across the Convention Center's lower lobby, as over 1,000 people waited to be matched up with their "clients". No, these weren't salespeople or businessmen, they were volunteers eager to guide those in need to over 130 service providers sprawled across 91,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center. 133 organizations from across Colorado came in to provide a vast array of services, from medical care and employment opportunities to haircuts and pet care. Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is an essential one stop shop for all the services and resources that may takes weeks to get to in other circumstances. The air was filled with an energy of excitement and hope as many people were able to access much needed service for the first time in a long time


"Project homeless connect was a great way for us to truly connect with humanity, learn from others, put a face to homelessness, and remember that we are all here to help one another," said Theresa Dixon, a volunteer who put together a group of volunteers from local music promotions company, Souls In Action. 

This was the ninth year in a row that Denver's Road Home has put on the PHC and they have provide service to over 9,000 clients with the help of more than 8,000 volunteers. Even if you missed this event, you can be involved with other opportunities with Denver Road's Home, see their website.

Blue Bear. See What We Mean, Up Close and Personal.

In Throwback Thursday style, we are throwing ourselves back to the story of a Colorado Convention Center resident and Denver’s beloved icon. The city's Blue Bear surprises visitors from all around the world and not to mention, makes for the perfect photo opportunity. It's that moment when visitors get up close and personal to the huggable hallow fiberglass and steel bear, and wonder why they are greeted by a bear in Denver. Yes, most of us have heard a few bits and pieces here and there, but nothing makes total sense. With new visitors from all over the world, you can only imagine the kind of questions we get but it’s all fun. First of all, a common question is “Why is the statue looking into the convention center” and not facing the street"? No matter what, we see tweets and Facebook posts come in on a daily basis with the fact that there is a "friendly" blue bear in Denver to greet guests. 
















And will Blue Bear crash your presentation? Well, you may never know... 













The Colorado Convention Center has noticed the bear’s popularity on social media and has made it a branding tool. That said, the famous icon had made itself known on every Colorado Convention Center social media channel and promotional video, if you already couldn't tell. Why not put a huggable bear on the face of every platform? The answer's easy. Blue Bear represents what a convention center is. Now, it's time to get down to the story as it goes back to long before the statue stood peering inside the convention center. 

Let’s start with the idea of a convention center, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program had wanted to tie what a convention center is to an amazing public art piece and that’s just what Blue Bear’s creator, Lawrence Argent did. Argent was interested in what might be going on inside the convention center and the “exchange of information, ideas and ideologies”.  Quite often, from the outside of the building, you are able to see what groups are in house from signs and such but the curiosity was always still there. It wasn’t until Argent saw a photo of a curious bear looking into a window that he had sparks fly. Hence, the idea was born. “I See What You Mean”, the bear’s name, comes together with what the statue may be looking at and the sheer curiosity of what’s going on inside, the exchange of information and ideas.

Curious how the color of the statue came about? The idea is just as simple. Read more here

Where Would You Celebrate Your Birthday?

Denver's excited to host CEDIA'S fall 2014 expo but tack on a 25th anniversary, and we owe them a happy birthday! 

CEDIA stated in a recent blog post that "it all began with a love for technology". Add on a small room in Chicago along with a vision, then you have the birth of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. Well it's not that easy but it's great to hear and be a part of their story. 

“For 25 years, CEDIA EXPO is where industry friends get together, new contacts are made and relationships are forged and strengthened. It is with extreme pride to witness CEDIA turning 25 years old this September and to attend our 25th EXPO in Denver.” said Tom Doherty, CEDIA President, 1990-1992, Lifetime Achievement recipient 2001.

They will be sharing their stories and memories here in Denver. From all of us at the Colorado Convention Center, Happy 25th Birthday, CEDIA! 

The “Dancers” in Our Neighbor’s Backyard

At the Colorado Convention Center, there's quite an artistic presence with the wonderful art that fills our hallways, sidewalks and not to mention, windows. The story of local artist, Lawrence Argent’s big blue bear has shown the city what I See What You Mean, a curious beloved bear gazing through our lobby windows can mean to the city. But what about the other piece of art that has also become a local smash hit? Yes, we see our wonderful Blue Bear daily on social media but there is one more piece that we see quite often and with a convention center backdrop, the Denver Center for the Performing Art’s Dancers by artist, Jonathan Borofsky.   

Dancers was permanently installed in the Denver Performing Arts Complex backyard in 2003 and has with many other city commissioned pieces of art, has sparked quite the Instagram photo revolution of local artwork. On a steady basis via Blue Bear’s Instagram account, we see photos with the convention center tagged but with a dancer’s focal point.  This makes us love the people’s appreciation for public art and as we watch, we just can’t get enough of the fabulous photos and point of views the people have to offer.

That said, thank you for the support you all have shown the convention center on Instagram. Keep those photos coming with @coconventioncenter and #CCCBlueBear!

See you on Instagram, Denver.











This photo is in dedication to the artistic dancers in our neighbor’s back yard. 

Why Denver Loves the People of Denver Comic Con

The much anticipated weekend is here and only in its 3rd year. Denver Comic Con has captured the heart of Denver. When can you walk the streets of Denver and see the true alter egos of the community? When can the team at the convention center look out their windows and see the people happy as can be dressed up and ready to experience the event that is all about education and the community? Once a year, Denver comes dressed up and this is their time to shine. This is for you, the people of Denver Comic Con.

Here are just SOME of the moments and stories that we were able to capture. For everyone at Denver Comic con, there are thousands more. Enjoy! 

Our first photo captured these ladies just getting ready to start their day before the doors even opened and this was only the beginning of the creativity we experienced. 



















Next up, the adorable little guy with the blue teeth (and totally aware of it because of the camera shyness). That sucker is an easy way to add some color to a look! 



















Give it up for Mario and Luigi! When wanting to take their photo, all you had to do was shout out, "Hey Mario, Luigi, can we take your photo?". 























Or how about for the cool lady who was ever so popular at Denver Comic Con. Everyone asked if we got her photo. Indeed we did, Denver! 



















Handmade costumes? There were hundreds. These guys were just starting their day when we caught them. Yes, the costume is handmade out of wood just finished in time for comic con. Awesome job!




















With every photo taken at Denver Comic Con, you would always get a perfect pose. We told these ladies to give us their best and this shot looks like it's straight out of the movies. 















And let's not forget the photobombs. Absolutely love this photo!




















One of our favorites. The candids always capture the best poses. 













Lastly, this photo is one we remembered because of the true spirit of Denver Comic Con was captured in simply the pure energy of the photo. The smiles along had us at hello. Oh yes, and the Big Bue Bear behind them so wanted in! 













Here's to DCC14! And that was only day one. Have an awesome time Denver and be sure to share your photos with #DCC2014, #DenverComicCon and lastly, don't forget our #CCCBlueBear!

Just Another Day in The Office

You've seen it all, RV's, automobiles, and boats but wait, a helicopter? We must admit, we don't see it happen very often and for some of us, this is a first. Our office days consist of going from event to event and it's all very exciting but you get word of a helicopter coming in, its a new level of excitement. So just how does a helicopter get inside the building?  We have a landing strip on top of our building, right? Unfortunately no, but all the drama from here on out is very exciting so stay with us. First you get an e-mail stating streets have to be closed for a helicopter load-in and you and your co-workers gather for a treat, the perfect Colorado weather, a bit of fresh air and oh yes, a helicopter landing right outside our office. Not everyday that happends, right? The fun began with just walking outside the building onto the closed street. The lights of police cars flashing to block the streets, people gathering on the sidelines to see all the excitement and to top it off, the fire department fully clothed and ready to go in the case of an emergency. Entertaining? To say the least. 

Next part? The "landing was in five minutes" announcement. Everyone then drew closer and ready with their iphones and cameras like someone important was arriving. As the time drew near, you could hear the helicopter approaching. Now we will let the video so the storytelling….

Helicopter Load-in at the Colorado Convention Center from Colorado Convention Center on Vimeo.

So what's next? Folding the blades up and getting the helicopter on a dolly to go up our driveway and into the expo hall. Piece of cake, right? Not at all but these guys made it look easy (and not to mention, there were 2 helicopters). Here's the rest on the story....

Top 10 Reasons to Bring Out Your Inner Yogi

Yogi, huh? Yes, Yogi Bear, that's it! We all love the famed cartoon character but that's way off. Unfortunately no, Yogi Bear is cute and all and we're all fans of bears around here (big blue ones in particular), but what we're really referring to is Yogi/Yogini, a practitioner of Yoga. If partake in yoga and make it routine, then you're a Yogi! Congrats. If not, so why yoga? Here's 10 reasons that encompass mind, body and soul.... sold yet?


1. 9Health Fair's Yoga Open will be held in your hometown and at the Colorado Convention Center of all places. Who knew that our expo halls would be the perfect place to find your inner Namaste. Oh yes, and the best part, it's free plus you can topple it off with free and low cost health screenings that can help save lives. That said, you can "own your health" as 9Health Fair would say, while being able to select a Yoga class that best fits your expertise.

Now how can we beat that with the next 9 reasons? Easy. Listen up.

2. Stress release.

3. Pain relief.

4. Better breathing.

5. Flexibility

6. Increased strength.

7. Weight management.

8. Improved circulation.

9. Cardiovascular conditioning.

10. Relief of pain in joints.

Not to mention, you can find your inner zen while enjoying one of THE best views in the world at Yoga on the Rocks.

Those 10 reasons are simple... Mind. Body. Soul. So who wouldn't want to soak in all the health benefits of Yoga?












2-9 reasons to practice yoga souce: Yoga Health Foundation

Cultural Development to 2020 and Beyond…

On March 4 2014, the Colorado Convention Center was excited to be a part of the Launch of Imagine 2020, Denver's Cultural Plan. Speakers Kent Rice, Amy Harmon, Mayor Michael B. Hancock all demonstrated their passion for the project at the press conference showcasing one of Imagine 2020's top priorities, increasing the visibility of local artistic and creative talent. Within the next 6 years more art will be purchased and displayed throughout the city. The public art is just a small piece to the Imagine 2020 project so keep your eyes peeled for the new art popping up in Denver as you never know when you will see another giant Blue statue making its home in the Mile High!

To see photos of the official launch press conference of Imagine 2020, Denver's Cultural Plan, click here.

Here's just a sneak peek of the new artwork housed in the Convention Center....

Click on each individual art piece below to get the story:

"The Heavy is the Root of the Light"

"I Know You Know That I Know"

“Untitled” (Ocular series)

"Wall of Words"

"Boulder Creek – Autumn 08 #1"

"Atmosphere No. 27, 37 and 44"

"Untitled 88"

"License Plates"

Thank you to Nine dot Arts and all the local artists for transforming our environment into an experience!

Click here for more information on Denver's Cultural Plan, Imagine 2020.


Imagine 2020: Denver's Cultural Plan, Official Video from Denver Arts & Venues on Vimeo.

Flowers, Trees, and Lions….Oh My!

The Denver Garden and Home Show is upon us again. This is the 55th year the show has been going on and wow do they have some awesome and exiting things this year. As spring approaches I’m sure the house could use a little TLC and maybe a face lift. The folks here at the Denver Garden and Home show are here to help you with all your needs. From new garden ideas to building a backyard pond, outdoor fire pit, or even building a retaining wall you can get the right information to make these projects become reality! With over 50 free educational sessions going on this week and weekend I’m sure one will jump out and catch you interest.

When you enter the show this year you will be in for a surprise.... flowers, trees, and lions? The Wildlife Experience (name says it all, right?) has done a tremendous job putting together a welcoming and inviting exhibit.  The animals included are lions and impalas, featured below, to water buffalo, rhinos and giraffes all with unique twists and body language. The animals are all featured in a distinctive environment that showcases their abilities as wild animals.













Here's something you’ll find inside that will get your mind wandering, a putting green encompassed around flowers and water features. Maybe you'll want to install one in the backyard (dare to dream) or even take a spring break trip to go hit the links in Arizona or Mexico.

















Either way, I’m sure you are going to have a great time at the Denver Garden and Home show this year. Don’t forget while you are here make sure you take a photo with Blue Bear and share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #cccbluebear.

Guest blogger: Bobby Overturf

SIA’s Nod to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

We have officially come to the conclusion that nothing is better than kicking off a workday at SIA's opening ceremony. In working at a large (ok, huge) convention center, we see events of all kinds and this one proves to be the most unique of its kind. From building sculptures out of recycled skis, to hearing yodeling in the distance (we will touch on that later), this is just the beginning. Not only did we experience the kick-off of the largest snow show in the United States, but the Sendoff to Sochi Olympic Ceremony absolutely blew us away. The most captivating part?.....the stories behind the official Olympic uniforms that SIA brought as apart of the ceremony (and yes, Blue Bear still got to see it all).












The USA Ski and Snowboard team uniforms for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia not only have a new and exciting twist to them, they also have something to them that will never be forgotten. While the uniforms have the same look and feel, they all provide a specific purpose for each individual and their event. With the leading and most innovative companies in the world designing them, nothing has been forgotten....down to the last stich. There are bits and pieces behind all of the new designs that give the USA the upper hand in bringing home the Gold!

One of the uniforms that really caught our eye, not only looked like the quintessential Olympic uniform, but had loads of history behind it. Designed by Burton, this uniform had the American flag and a historic quilt integrated into the fabric. Seems usual, right? Not really. Now for the story behind it. So just how do you come up with a unique design  for an Olympic jacket? You go out into America's history, that being an antique shop. The Burton team went out looking for a new idea and came across an old beat up quilt at an antique shop and decided this was the winning ticket for the Olympic jacket. Yes that’s right, old beat up quilts hold the key to modern fashion! Talk about the light coming on! They brought the quilt back to the Burton lab and brought it back to life by re-stitching the quilt, taking photos and printing out a new fabric. After fixing the holes and tears in the quilt they put the pattern onto a jacket and came up with a modern piece of American history.


















Each piece in the collection has a story behind it but we will leave it to you to watch the Winter Olympics and here those stories directly from the Olympians. Now for the official sendoff! Oh-di-lay-ee-ay, di-lay-dee-oh, de-lay …are we any good? OK, we'll leave yodeling to the professionals.

Contributer: Bobby Overturf

Main Photo Credit: Bobby Overturf

Burton Coat Photo:

Post by Colorado Convention Center.




Goodbye 2013…. Hello 2014

There's so many of these lists that are popping up and we love reading them all. They all seem to include the oops moment that we all will reluctantly remember from the VMA's, but still worth reading.

In a nutshell, we've narrowed our memories down from the year in 12 highlights which include things that made us smile, laugh and things that made us want to see more. If you have any additions including more photos, please comment on our blog post link on Facebook.

1. The fans of Denver Comic Con:

























2. Denver's smiling faces at several events including the Great American Beer Festival: Photo Credit - The Great American Beer Festival










2. Denver sunrises shared by you on many city Facebook pages:











3. Colorado united in orange:












4. Seasons changing around Blue Bear:













5. When conventions know how to use Blue Bear creatively during an event. Measuring Blue Bear goes down as a favorite. Photo Credit - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 





















6. "Reporting Live from Blue Bear" photos. Anyone vote for a giant microphone? Photo Credit: Craig Lowary



















7. ROAR! A visit from a megastar to a local high school:












8. The Tweets from Bellco Theatre events. This can't be explained, only experienced:








9. Beer booming in Denver: Photo Credit - Great American Beer Festival














10. The day “Colorado is Open”: Photo Credit - Arapahoe Basin














11. A Mother Goose "Calling the Convention Center Home":
















12. Finally, here's a nod to Convention Center/Visit Denver staff having a blast cleaning up the Platte River. Talk about everlasting memories (minus the sweat of course):



















We asked you what your favorite event was this year on Facebook. Feel free to join in on the conversation on our Facebook page.

All in all, minus the VMA drama, 2013 was a year not to forget and also year to be remembered for the many sad events that took place.

Now let's bring on 2014! Most of your cherished events are returning next year and we can't wait to see your smiling faces in photos across Colorado. For events Blue Bear gets to see close up, check out the 2014 event calendar and see you soon.

Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!

Main Photo Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin

5 Reasons Why We LOVE Denver in the Winter

Why does anyone love the winter? It's dark, cold and traffic is horrible. We can all relate however that's not always the case, especially here in Denver! So here's the 5 Reasons why us Denver dwellers have a different take on the season.

1. Well the first one is easy and most of us will say it together like it's ritual. Skiing. Snowboarding. Oh yes, and everything else winter sports related. Now for the best part... we live in the Denver Metro area so we’ll only have an inch on the ground and then the mountains will get dumped on! It’s like our playground and only 45 minutes to a few hours away.

2. Our out of state friends call and say "you’re getting a ton of snow” and we say, “yeah right, it’s 60 degrees down here!”. Well, we at least say that MOST of the time.

3. The largest boots in the office are considered fashion even though it’s 40-60 degrees outside most of the time.

4. Denver’s been proclaimed as a beer town so adding a splash of beer to your favorite chili recipe is "heartwarming".

5. Last but not least, Blue Bear sports the snow coat very well. When we do get snow, Blue Bear looks like every other bear in the winter; curious about what’s going on inside windows and wondering what the great smell is coming from the chili on your stove. Kinda sounds like the story of Blue Bear.

So do you love the thrill of living in Colorado in the winter?  The slogan, “Colorado is open” at Arapahoe Basin is in the air and most Coloradans can’t get enough of the cold powdery stuff. So what if you don’t snowboard or ski? No matter what, the 60 degree temps on the front range and the insane views make us all love living in the front range. The best part is also experiencing the excitement right here at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. Check out photos here and just wish you made it!

 Now just remember, Blue Bear is always watching though the window in its white dusting of snow. Enjoy the winter, Denver!

Main Photo Credit: Craig Lowary

Colorado is Open Photo: Arapahoe Basin

Why Denver RULES in October!

One can go on about the crisp air, the fall colors the snowcapped mountains, the amazing temps, and oh yes, of course the Denver Broncos but come on, we all know what we’re getting to and that’s Denver, right here in the now. Here’s the buzz.


Take a stroll down 14th or for that matter, around any brewery! If you weren’t lucky enough to nail a ticket for the Great American Beer Festival, you have no worries. Ok, but wait. We do have to admit that we’re a tad bit jealous to see a line of people right outside our window getting ready to try the largest collection of beer served in a single event but there’s so much more going on.

As Denver Beer Fest would say, “Beer is booming in Denver” and everyone is celebrating. Hosted in conjunction with the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest is a citywide celebration with tons of beer events hosted all over the city. Favorites include “Bike and Brews”, beer release parties (including one at our very own Pizza Republica), brew tours, take overs and much more. Oh and we haven’t forgotten about Denver Beer Trail presented by Visit Denver. In this special “trail” per say, you get to visit 14 breweries nestled in the “Napa Valley of Beer”. With so much missed on even this list, this is just a small sampling of Denver’s beer culture in October.

October is also apparently the month to keep the romance alive. One of our favorite October beer stories comes from right in our exposition hall. Nuptials. Yes, you heard us right. If you had or have a ticket to the GABF, you can plan a wedding ceremony or renew those vows right on the spot at a craft brewery’s booth location inside the convention center. Cheers to the latest and greatest innovative idea, craft brew nuptials. We will leave the name of the brewery out so you can guess. Can we say it’s “very saint-like”. One can only guess what the ring is!

So besides the all the beer buzz, we can all agree that Denver is always alive but October really showcases the town’s spirit. If you’re not in Denver right now, you’re missing the crisp air, the leaves changing, the gorgeous view of the snowcapped mountains but most off all, you’re missing the energy from the Denver's most beloved, the people.

Cheers to the Denver community and its many visitors!

PS - Please know that there’s so much to cover here that we apologize if we missed anything.

The Social Media Crossroad

So you've finally determined that you’re now ready for the social media crossroad. Question is, where do you begin?  The answer?  Back to basics.

You’ve done research on the most popular forms of social media and Facebook pops up everywhere.  I know, you're tired of hearing about Facebook.  Yes, we all know the name and use it personally so there’s no surprise.  Truth of the matter is, in today’s world, if someone's looking for your business, Facebook is where they still gravitate.  Tomorrow that could be different.  So the answer is yes, start with Facebook however that will someday change in the morphing world of social media.  Today, most large scale conventions have gravitated towards starting with Facebook being the front runner for engagement however, Twitter is used much more in terms of activity.  Why?  Twitter, has become a news feed that can spread quickly and it should not fall by the way side.  Just think, Twitter is a virtual newspaper and you can update the world with your news.  But wait, with more fans on Facebook, go figure, focus on the big guy.  True however, keep Twitter in mind after you have created a following on Facebook and then drive people to follow your Twitter account.  On top of that, Facebook has recently opened its world to hashtagginig which means the front liner is recognizing that Twitter is a good tool to cross promote and is indeed on the rise.

So now the question is, where does everything else fall?  To be honest, there are many opinions and only time will tell.  For now, your time is best spent on Facebook and Twitter while keeping up with news on the rest.  A watchful eye is key to knowing what's the next big trend.  That being said, soon after gaining a fan base on Facebook and Twitter, you will know what the best fit is for you and your business.

Now you have a Facebook page. Here are 10 ways to gain a following from Social Media Examiner.  Hang in there.  It will take time but you will see results and best of all, diehard fans that you can always communicate with.  Better yet, Facebook is a free marketing tool.  Get on it. 

Watch for our upcoming blogs:

Is the World of Social Media for You?

Are you ready to enter into a realm that you've been avoiding? Whatever the reasons, social media is not for everyone; however, it does prove successful when done correctly.  With that being said, what is social media and why should you use it?

In my experience as the in-house marketing guru for a convention venue (boy, that makes me sound important), I have seen some events that rely on all channels of social media to get the word out and other events that want to completely avoid the topic.  Two extremes, and most interestingly enough, the same results when it comes to a successful event.  I must admit, even a year ago I would have gone without the engaging world of social media; however my point of view has drastically changed.

Here’s why. The 5 E’s of social media: Engage, Encourage, Educate, Enrich, and Empower.

Events take place in the first place with a common goal in mind; the transfer of information, which includes the fun part - gathering socially.  When we talk events, socially speaking, we refer to how people come together in groups, right?  Well, that’s pretty darn close to the definition of social media, excluding the web based aspect.  See where I’m going?  Although “social media” is defined in many different ways, the overall goal is to interact socially which may be the reason why your holding your event.  Still wondering how it will benefit in your ROI? Think about what your goal is in planning your event.  Are you planning your event to engage, encourage, educate, enrich, and empower?  Then Facebook, Twitter, and the many other social media channels is your answer according to the essential 5 E’s of social media.  Remember, common goals work together and drive results.  In the planning stage of an event, all the way to the promotional stage of an event, you will see results.  Try it.  Don’t know how? Watch for a series of blogs on how to break away into the world.  It can be challenging if your new to the world but incredibly rewarding.


Grab some coffee and keep an eye out for these upcoming blogs:

Beer Busting Out For Summer

Back in the day that I tasted my first beer (legally), it was a watery confluence of piss-yellow nectar with a chaser of spiny foam. I was 18. The beer was 3.2 and the location was Tulagies in Boulder, CO. I did not have a palate or an appreciation for craft beers. I drank it out of a warm just-washed mug because it was a rite of passage, not because I liked beer.

So much has transpired in this last 40 years in the brewing industry, taking the beer out of the back of the refrigerator where it was an afterthought and replacing it with hoopla generally reserved for center-of-the-plate fare. Today you’ve got your choice between lager and light, ale and stout, and endless others. And that’s just the beginning.

Just the statistics are numbing: 1. Craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235.917 barrels of beer. 2. As of March 18, 2013, the Brewers Association shows 409 brewery openings in 2012. And overall U.S. beer sales were approximately 200,028,520 and imported beer sales were 27,712,665 barrels in 2012. By the way one barrel equals 31 US gallons.

That’s a lotta. is a global authority on beer stats. By their count the U.S. doesn’t even make it to the Top 10 countries measured by annual national consumption of beer…even though we are among the Top 10 growing beer markets in the world. Among the U.S. states, Nevada has the highest beer consumption. And the 4th of July is the most popular national holiday on which to consume a beer.

Coming of age in a beer market like today would have put a whole different spin on my appreciation for beer (I left beer after college and went directly to chardonnay never looking back). More than 300 different beers from more than 120 different breweries will be represented. Unlimited 2oz. tastings will be tipped with a backdrop of live music.

What’s more is the inaugural beer show will benefit a charity, We Don’t Waste, a Colorado-based nonprofit that is an innovative provider of food for the hungry, collecting unused food from restaurants, venues and other food sources to distribute to Denver’s underserved population. So your toast at the show might actually even provide toast to a hungry child.

There’s a summer of beer events showing up on Front Range calendars. This week through October every weekend features at least one beer event. Google Denver beer. Then get there.

Nancy  Clark, Guest Blogger
Unleaded Group/Partner

14th Street turns into Treasure Hunt

Since 2002, the 14th Streetscape project has transformed the street that welcomes many visitors to Downtown Denver.  Thanks to the Downtown Denver Partnership,  The Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, the City and County of Denver and The 14th Street property owners, 14th Street has inherited over 150 trees, bike racks, amazing lighting, and much more.

But that’s not all….

Artists Walczak & Heiss along with the Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program have formally dedicated Denver’s newest public artwork, The 14th Street Overlay.   This new public disply of artwork takes visitors on a journey that not only helps them explore Denver’s heritage, but helps them see the beauty of historic 14th Street.  To engage guests in the artwork, 23 small interactive bronze sculptures are embedded in the streetscape and mounted on bicycle racks that span from Larimer St. to Colfax Avenue.  Can you guess what the objects are and how they relate to Denver’s history?  That’s for us not to tell and you to find out.

To experience it for yourself, “The 14th Street Overlay” map can be found here.  A stroll on a beautiful day in the Mile High City doesn’t get any better than that!

Pictured: Mayor Hancock glancing into the sculpture next to the Denver Center Performing Arts Center.

Mother Goose “Calls” the Colorado Convention Center Home

The Colorado Convention Center has become home to a very special mom! “Momma Goose” and her 5 eggs have made our roof top their home.  In joining Blue Bear as one of the center's inhabitants, Momma Goose should be expecting her baby goslings in about 8 weeks. While never leaving her eggs unattended, the Convention Center engineer team has been taking diligent care of her making sure she has enough bird seed and even a little shelter when it snowed.  Planning for the future, a kiddie pool was also brought in to help the little ones learn how to swim.

Story followup: June 2013, Mother Goose became mom to 2 adorable goslings. They all eventually flew away and nature would intend.

9Health Fair Changes Lives

On April 13th, 9Health Fair offered low cost or free health screenings to the community at the Colorado Convention Center.  With today’s most critical health issues including heart disease, screening results are delivered within 4 weeks after a 9Health Fair visit. In some cases, results were immediate and treatment followed.  Who knew that even the simplest of testing could result in identifying serious issues?  A simple blood pressure test over the last weekend resulted identifying serious cardiac issues. These are the stories that matter, especially when a service such as health screenings can change a life.

Each year, 19,000 volunteers team up to serve more than 75,000 people from all over Colorado.  The next time you stop at a 9Health Fair, be sure to thank the people that make it happen.  This also includes the adorable tooth fairy that encourages you to get your next oral screening. 

Owning your health has never been better!

Visit to find an upcoming fair near you.

Image 2020 Project

Great cities have great arts and culture. From Red Rocks to the Arts District on Santa Fe to our beloved Big Blue Bear, Denver is a celebrated cultural destination. The arts help to define our community.

The Imagine 2020 project is a survey and development effort designed to give Denver a renewed sense of direction in the promotion of arts, culture and creativity. By documenting the thoughts and input of Denverites, Imagine 2020 will inform an effort to provide resources and collaborative efforts to support arts and culture in our city.

A cultural plan hasn't been done in Denver since 1989. That plan resulted in a number of long-term changes that have benefited the arts. Imagine 2020 is designed to build on earlier successes and re-imagine this important part of Denver life. A six-month study period will be followed by an evolving, multiyear program to engage citizens, build creative economies and provide an appreciation for the creative works around us.

Visit the website at and let us know what you envision for the future of arts, culture and creativity in Denver. After taking the survey, you can be entered to win tickets to Red Rocks, the Denver Performing Arts Complex and other prizes!

Connect on Facebook and help spread the word!

2013 Paper Fashion Show!!

Last week March 8, 2013 the Art Directors Club Denver (ADCD) hosted its 9th Annual Paper Fashion Show in Denver, the largest paper fashion show in the nation. Like all the public art in town, the 49 teams that were selected to showcase their paper constructions had a range of artists: professional, creative agencies, college students and even children. Part of the proceeds from the show and auction was donated to Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA), a local community organization that provides after-school arts programs for at-risk youth. This show also served as a program to help children build self-esteem by creating these artworks. “The show is a great way to take something that we normally use on a daily basis and do something different with it and express our creative outlet that way,” says Katie Matteo, Vice President and show co-coordinator of ADCD. The show reminds us again of all the wonderful public art showcased around Denver, including our very own Blue Bear. Check out all the public art at the center here:

Blogs for Business

A blog is a website where an individual or group of users (people, places, businesses) record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis for an audience to follow and interact with.

Blogs are a great way for a venue, business, and event to interact with their target audience on a more personal level that they can relate to and interact with. It is important to step away from the bricks and mortar of hoping and thinking communication through your regular, business website is good enough. SO why is a blog good for business? Here are 5 reasons:

  1. Increase Traffic to Business Site
    A blog is like a second website, one that is full of fresh relevant content that people want to know about, that can send traffic to your business website for people to make hopefully a transaction of some kind.

    EXAMPLE: Our website is full of the standard information we want people to know about; upcoming events, event space, staff, etc. Our blog has content that is relevant to our business but it is more personal like talking about the specific events from an attendee point of view, giving tips for event planner; content that is fresh and relevant to what our audience wants to hear. So a blog story about a past annual show could get people to go check out our calendar of events on our business website.
  2. Speak Directly to Target Audience
    In your blog you are talking to your target audience and you can tailor your content to your audience.

    EXAMPLE: We want to reach event planners so we write blogs that will help and inform planners creating interest like 2013 Event Trends.
  3. Promotion
    Blogs are a great way to run and gain exposure for promotion. You can promote a new product, expansion or event on a more personal level your audience can relate to.

    EXAMPLE: We do not run promotions on our blog but we see events write blogs urging their audience to participate to win a pair of tickets and they great thing about blogs is other bloggers normally share the blog in their blog which again goes back to #1 driving people to your business website.
  4. Additional Support
    Like we said before a blog is like a second website and it gives you additional support when trying to share content. Your blog may reach people your business site does not. 

    EXAMPLE: We have an event that is listed on our website and then write a blog about it and it is covered twice. The blog supports the website content, but the message maybe delivered differently reaching more of your audience.
  5. Create a Following
    A blog is a way to create a following of your target audience. The followers of your blog are important because they interact and want to know what is going on that way they can share what they know to people they know.

    EXAMPLE: People follow blogs, they are a form of social media like Facebook but more content and interest driven – let’s say we posted a lot of great meeting planner support content and meeting planners hear about it read it and then follow our blog for future content. They are now our followers and are coming to us for information that will help them in some way.

Why, What, Who, When, Where and How

Whether you are planning your very first event or you are a well-seasoned event planner it is always important to remember the basics when planning an event.

The basics are core steps to the planning process and they are Why, What, Who, When, Where and How:


'Why' means, why you want to organize the event, the event objective. For Example: Do you want to organize the event to enhance your company's brand image, to increase company's sales, to promote your client's products/services or to promote a social cause etc.

Defining event objectives at the very start of event planning is very important as it gives you the direction in which you should proceed to accomplish your objectives. Organizing an event without clear objectives is a huge waste of both time and resources.

What is your event? What is your event going to entail? When deciding on the “WHAT” you will want to cover the following:

Who are your organizers, sponsors, partners, clients and attendees for the event? The most important of the “WHO’s” are the attendees. You must understand who they are and how many you will have to properly answer the other who’s, but without the attendees it is hard to fulfill the others.

When you are going to organize the event (i.e. date and time)? Keep following things in mind while selecting date and time for the event:

  1. Select date and time according to target audience convenience and availability.
  2. Make sure that your event's date and time, don't clash with other event's date and time specially bigger event's date and time. For Example: it is not a good idea to organize your music concert on a day when there is Bon Jovi concert.
  3. Keep climatic conditions into mind while selecting date and time for your event. It can be disastrous to organize event outdoor during a time when the weather is cold. Do your research of the climate of where your event is taking place and plan accordingly. If you do not know of the climate condition reach out to people you are working with in the area.

Where you are going to organize the event (i.e. venue)? First determine where you want the event to be held geographically and then research available venues in that area.

How exactly are you going to market and produce the event. For Example: are you going to use Social Media, take out advertising, work with partners to produce program, etc.

The most important thing to remember is that there is a strong network of event planners out in the industry that are willing to help and answer questions. Use resources and tools that are out there to help you in the planning process. Use this opportunity to make yourself knowledgeable and gain the ability to put on a successful event.


New Year, New Trends

It's a new year and with that comes new and exciting trends. So, what are some trends you can look forward to seeing and or doing in the new year? Take a look at 10 2013 Event Trends we collected from Event Manager Blog. Which one do you think will impact the industry the most?

Event Trends for 2013

  1. Sponsor Marketplaces This offers a monetizing opportunity for those event professionals who have bold ideas. Event professionals sell ideas. They sell the idea of an experience to their attendees.
  2. Curation & Display  This makes the event more interactive by bringing the social network live to the event.
  3. Photo Booths With the popularity of services such as Instagram, the opportunities of streamlining pictures of an event all over the web are quite significant.
  4. Smart Badges Badges are often times a waste of paper and materials. Smart badges are a way of making the "badge" an active part of of the event experience.
  5. Event Reviews This gives the attendee the opportunity to write their opinions about the event. Reviews should play a role in future event decision making.
  6. Eliminating the Middleman Services that encourage horizontal selling of goods and services - Collaborative Consumption.
  7. Smart Dashboards Smart dashboards that offer ticketing, online and offline promotion, project management tools, a mobile app and a website all in one over using several dashboards.
  8. Crowdsourced Speakers Use social networks to get attendees to vote for the speakers of the event. This way attendees will be hearing from someone they want drawing more interest to attending the event.
  9. Cities as Playgrounds This is a great way to give attendees the ultimate event experience. Using mobile interfaces to live adventures is a great idea.
  10. Crowdfunding This is a great way to take an event idea and then minimize the risk of venturing into an unknown market.
    Event Manager Blog

You can definitely expect technology to continue to drive innovations in meetings and events in the coming year. Other trends to look for are mobile apps and perhaps even QR codes will be used more in the event setting.

Recycle Your Cell Phone

ECO-FACT: There are more than 150 million cell phone users in the United States alone. With technology rapidly changing, the average lifespan of a cell phone is 14 months. There may already be 500 million unused cell phones in the United States, with as many as 100 million added each year.

From EQ E-News: Americans are still hesitant about recycling their old mobile phones. Almost 2 out of 3 households in America – 62% to be exact – are hoarding their old cell phones instead of recycling them, according to a recent survey from mobile-phone security company Lookout Mobile.  Twenty-one percent of households have one phone they are holding on to; 21% have two; 9% have three; and a stunning 11% -- 1 in 9 households -- are hoarding four or more cellphones, the survey revealed. Lookout Mobile said another 33 million cellphones were expected to be sold this holiday season as consumers rush to upgrade to newer devices.

The reasons why people hold on to old phones? According to the survey:

So what are your options? 

If you want to donate or recycle your phone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a user friendly website that allows you to identify retailers in your area who will accept and recycle your electronics (I advise you contact the retailer to confirm whether or not there will be a fee.  Free recycling options do exist).

To access the EPA website, click here.  You will be routed to this page.  Within the search box below, highlight the “show all” options under devises and companies.  A long list of retailers will be provided for you to select.  By visiting the website and accessing this information, you can click on the various retailers for more information.


You can donate your old cell phone to the Denver Zoo. They have partnered with Eco-Cell to recycle and reuse old cell phones. Take your old cell phone to the guest services counter at the main entrance of Denver Zoo.

You can also mail your cell phones to:
Denver Zoo
Attn: Answer the Call of the Wild
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205

For more information about Eco-Cell, please visit

If you want to sell your cell phone, there are several companies that pay for used cell phones (based on the model and condition of the phone).  Click here to see a google-generated list of vendors. 

Click here to check out a short video on what actually happends to all of your electronics once they are recycled.


Make your New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s is the time when we leave the past behind and look forward to the future. One of the most common traditions and practices that comes to mind is to make a New Year’s Resolution.

A resolution is basically, a task or goal that you make for yourself and set out to achieve. Since the beginning of a New Year is the perfect time for new beginnings, making a New Year’s Resolution is actually the perfect time to kick-start changes that you want to bring in your life.

Resolutions can be for anything, they can be for personal goals that one has set out to achieve or even professional things. There are plenty of reasons why people make resolutions. Here are a few of the most popular resolutions for 2013:

  1. Incorporate a healthy meal plan
  2. Try to read more books
  3. Keep organized
  4. Do more physical activity
  5. Watch less TV
  6. Manage your budget
  7. Be more Eco-conscious
  8. Be more involved in cultural activities
  9. Volunteer for a cause
  10. Acquire new skills and learn new things

Now that we have compiled a list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions here are a few pointers on how to achieve them without losing motivation and focus:

RTD Announces Transportation Closures

As RTD continues to make progress on the West Rail line, a part of the RTD FasTracks program, their engineers must conduct a critical safety test of the system. As such, light rail will not be available between I-25 & Broadway and downtown during the weekend of December 8th through December 10th. The D Line will have limited light rail service between 30th & Downing and the 16th & California and 16th & Stout stations.

View a map of the temporary light rail closure area

This temporary weekend closure will last from 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8th, until 4:00 a.m. on Monday, December 10th. The closure is necessary in order to test the safety controls for the switch configuration between RTD’s existing light rail lines, and the new West Rail line.

During this closure connecting bus shuttle service will be available between the downtown area and I-25 & Broadway:

View a map of shuttle service between I-25 & Broadway and the Market Street Station (E Line)

View a map of shuttle service between I-25 & Broadway and the 18th & Stout station (D Line and H Line)

View a map of Bus Route 0, which will increase in frequency during this closure (Route 0 runs from Highlands Ranch, through Littleton and Englewood, into downtown Denver)

Additionally, light rail will continue to operate between 30th & Downing and downtown, servicing the stations along the Welton Street Corridor and the downtown loop. Passengers who wish to travel between 30th & Downing, downtown Denver, and I-25 & Broadway will need to transfer between bus and light rail at the bus stop at 17th & California, for both Northbound and Southbound passengers.

All light rail operations South of I-25 & Broadway will continue to operate as usual, and signage and other information for our passengers will be posted at all affected stations and on trains.

RTD asks for your help in relaying this important information to your employees, customers, and community partners. General information about this closure, including bus shuttle maps, will be posted on their website at

Engaging with RTD’s social media would also be helpful during this closure. Sharing their Facebook posts and re-tweeting their Twitter posts would be appreciated and welcome. Here are the links to RTD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

For questions, comments or concerns, you may contact Daria Serna, RTD’s Public Relations Manager, by e-mail at, or (303) 299-2674.

Temporary Closing of Denver Union Station for Renovation

The Denver Union Station (DUS) Historic Building will close to the public December 1 until construction is completed.

The building will undergo a major renovation that will transform the hub of the RTD FasTracks system, to include a hotel, dining, and retail outlets. In addition, the station will be prepared for the return of Amtrak operations in early 2014. 

The newly renovated building will reopen to the public in the summer of 2014. Union Station Alliance (USA) is the real estate development group overseeing the renovation and Milender White Construction Co. is the design builder.

For additional information about the renovation project please visit For information about the closure of the building please contact RTD at 303-299-6000.

Parade Of Lights

Please remember this Friday and Saturday there will be road closures and high volumes of traffic.  There will be many people downtown for the festivities so please plan on leaving a little earlier than normal if you plan on parking in the downtown parking lots.  Please find the parade map below.

Parade Route

RFID Technology

Anyone who has ever planned an event can tell you that some of the risks that exist can really add a huge amount of stress to the planning of the event.  Event Planners look at every aspect of the event from logistics to number of attendance.  With all these risks to take into consideration, new technology has been sought out to help minimize the risk and help aid in producing a successful event.

The RFID technology is slowly moving its way into the event management world.  Here in Colorado, most people are familiar with RFID readers on the ski lifts and on the slopes.  The RFID reader allows skiers and snowboards to keep their ski pass in their jackets while the technology is able to scan and read the chip allowing them access to the mountain. This same technology has been used and integrated into events to help create consistency and streamline events.

Some concerns for event planners range from managing VIP’s to dealing with counterfeit tickets. Let’s take a look at some concerns below and how RFID can help to manage a solution:

RFID technology has many benefits in activating events and helping reduce risk, but it comes with a price to pay.  RFID technology can be expense so make sure to create a budget for the technology or integrate the technology in different phases throughout events.

Nikki Haddad, CMP
Sales and Marketing Manager

Make your event interactive

If Flash Mobs are a thing of the past, what is out there that can make your event interactive and fun to get attendees excited?

We asked our very own event professionals here at the Colorado Convention Center and here are 6 ideas that can make an event fun and interactive:

1.   Goosechase
Having a scavenger hunt is a great way to provide interactivity for attendees and get sponsors in on the fun.

2.   Banquet Seating
Assign seating in non-traditional ways, i.e. birthday months or distributing different floral stems that will combine and also create the centerpiece and conversation. 

3.   Apples to Apples
This is a fun and interactive game to see how intelligent or how funny people are that will get attendees laughing and having fun.

4.   Two Truths and a Lie
You say three things (two truths and one lie) and everyone tries to guess what the lie is, this is a great way for attendees to get comfortable with each other.

5.   A Karaoke Station
For years, people have been able to enjoy the comfort of signing in their car when no one is around or even in the shower.  Let your attendees “let loose” and share their secret singing moments with other attendees.  It is a great way to break the ice amongst a group of people and get the party started.

6.   Theme Integration
Take your event them to the next level by integrated your theme into every aspect of your event including your waitstaff and bartending staff.  If your theme is “A Night With the Stars”, have all your wait staff wear movie star like glasses or even drape themselves with feather boas.  The attendees will  feel more engaged in the theme and it will help to leave a great lasting impression.


Habitatin’ for Humanity

On Thursday October 11th, 2012 a team of 10 employees from the Colorado Convention Center volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house in Edgewater, CO. This is the fifth year the Colorado Convention  Center has participated in this program, and the second event of 2012! 


Becky Capolungo, Sales Coordinator, shares the volunteer experience with us:
Each time the house is in a different stage of completion, this time around we spent the day cutting and installing drywall.   The Colorado Convention Center volunteers have very little construction experience, so it’s always amazing to see how much we can accomplish in a day with the help of the experienced Habitat crew!  It is such a rewarding experience to know that our hard work is helping to provide a family a home, and while often the future homeowners volunteer on many houses that Habitat is building to get their volunteer hours, this time two of the future tenants were working right beside us!  The interior structure of the houses we work on are always covered with well wishes and blessings from the volunteers who have worked on the house, so it was great to see that sometimes the family actually gets a chance to read them all before they are covered with insulation and drywall.  Our team at the Colorado Convention Center loves having the opportunity to give back to our community!

Habitat for Humanity is an organization which “empower(s) families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable, zero-percent interest mortgage.”

Maximize the Benefits of a Networking Event







Here are some tips on how to maximize the benefits of a networking event.

  1. Be prepared when you attend a networking event. Know your goals. Are you looking for leads, partners, new clients, services?
  2. Bring your business cards and a pen. Take notes on the back of the cards you receive that way you will remember that person and have something to talk about the next time you meet.
  3. Have an effective 15 to 30 second elevator pitch. Learn how to sell yourself before your services or products. People want to hear about you first and when they know you and trust you, they will buy your services or refer you to someone else.
  4. Have a brochure and/or a web site. Some people will probably want to hear more about your business later, so give them the opportunity to get the information they are looking for.
  5. Meet people, ask about their business or services. Be curious and ask about them. people love to speak about themselves, so ask questions and listen to their answers.
  6. Be a problem solver. People will be more interested in you if you tell them how you can solve their problem instead of just hearing your story.
  7. Go to people; don’t wait for them to come to you. Some people are very shy, they will be very happy if you make the first move.
  8. Go to events with a friend, a colleague, a client. When you go with people you know you can introduce them to others making it easier to mingle and meet.
  9. Send a thank you note or email to your new contacts. Thank them for their time and reintroduce yourself in a few lines. They met lots of people during the event and your business card doesn’t say everything about you. So it is good to reinforce your introduction.
  10. Give them the link to your web site. Tell them about your newsletter, if you have one. This is the best way to stay in touch on a regular basis.
  11. Schedule follow-up meetings with the people you had a good connection with, or if you think that you can help each other.
  12. Do it again and again. You will see that networking can expand your contacts, which will definitely help grow your business.

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What Networking Is?

Networking is more than just shaking hands and collecting business cards.

It’s about building relationships and being committed to help other business professionals. It is not just about you or them it is about both of you. To build a strong relationship you have to be there for each other.

It’s about the quality of your contacts and not the amount of your contacts. Just because you have met and collected many contacts through networking doesn’t mean they will or can do anything for you now. Make sure the people you are networking with are relevant to your profession.

It’s about consistency. The best way to network is to belong to several groups, attend their events regularly, get to know the other members, and in exchange they will get to know and trust you. When you interact with the same people, you develop a stronger relationship to them. Building relationships with a committed group of people will result in stronger leads for your business.

It’s about patience. The benefit will not appear overnight, and this is why you need to follow up with your contacts regularly. Networking is like dating, one introduction is not enough to know someone. A business relationship will take time to develop.  It will take multiple exchanges, whether in meetings, lunches, or after work cocktails before you trust each other enough to start doing business together.

Blue Bear Spa Time

After years of hard work it is time for a spa treatment. The Blue Bear “I See What You Mean” has stood outside the Colorado Convention Center and overlooked thousands of events since 2005. That is 7 years of hard work for the piece of art. The Blue Bear is going to be treated to a little spa time over the next few weeks.

We will be watching the bear get pampered and so can you! Follow us and watch the Blue Bear become rejuvenated so it can continue to peak inside!

Day 1:
The spa crew has arrived and is prepping for the pampering. Barricades have been set to give the bear some privacy, all the proper tools have been brought in for the treatment and plastic has been laid to keep the area clean.


Day 2:
The spa treatment has begun! The Blue Bear is enjoying a much needed wash down. The wash down will remove all the dirt that has gathered on the bear. This is only the beginning for the bear. The Blue Bear is getting the royal treatment from head to toe!


Day 3:
After a nice exfoliation, it is time to moisturize. The bear has begun to get its new coat of paint! The crew works from 40 ft in the air and the ground covering all areas of the bear's surface. Once the crew is done the bear will look like a whole new peice of art!


Day 4:
You can see the rejuvenating effects the mositurizer is having on the bear. The crew has started the painting process and WOW! you can see the difference already and they still have a lot of surface to cover.


Day 5:
The Blue Bear's royal treatment continues. Paint is being applied to the 40 foot tall piece of public art. You can already see a difference in the bear's appearance.


Day 6:
The Blue Bear has completed its moisturizer treatment. The new coat of blue paint makes the bear look brand new.


Day 7:
To lock in all the moisturizer (paint), the Blue Bear is now getting a clear coat applied. The clear coat will help keep the bear looking new!


Day 8:
The clear coat continues to be applied to the Blue Bear. It is quite a site to see the crew working at all heights to keep the Blue Bear looking good!


The Blue Bear is back to work after it's spa treatment. Can you tell the difference? The bear looks brand new and rejuvinated.

9 Ways to Use Twitter

There are hundreds of blogs on how to use Twitter. But as an event planner, do you feel that you could be using it more effectively? Whether you’re a social media maven, or feel you could use some tips, these are the 9 ways to use Twitter that we have found helpful!



  1. Make a list of people you find influential in the industry to have a real time feed of what people in the industry are up to. Also, if you use Hootsuite or something similar, you can make a feed for a hashtag (#eventprofs, #eventtable are some good event related ones). This can help to inspire ideas and conversation.
  2. Pay attention to @’s and RT’s—If you aren’t active on Twitter, people will unfollow you. Keep your page active by being involved in conversations, not just tweeting out your own content. Sharing makes your page into one that someone would go if they want ideas or information.
  3. Post your content (blogs, whitepapers, articles) in a link on Twitter- Keep the content flowing! Everything you post anywhere else should also be posted to Twitter.
  4. If you are on Pinterest- Tweet your pins. Pinterest is more visual than Twitter which is great for the events industry. By tweeting out your pins, you can bring your followers to Pinterest as well.
  5. Live stream your Event from Twitter- Hosting an exciting event? Let everyone be in on it! Tweet updates, prize winners and facts about exhibitors. Make all of your followers want to be at the next one.
  6. Make an event hashtag—come on, admit it, you followed the Olympics on Twitter (#Olympics or #London2012). Even if your event may not be as large scale as the Olympics, creating a hashtag can help develop a stream of information related solely to your event.
  7. Ask questions- Ask your followers opinions of events, ideas for blog posts, etc. People love to feel like they are involved!
  8. Make your background creative—your Twitter profile could be someone’s first impression of you.  If it’s boring, they may conclude you’re also not creative in event planning.
  9. Update often and keep it relevant!—This applies to any field, but the more often you post and consistent you are on Twitter will increase your following and activity. You don’t want to discuss everything under the sun either— stick to what you’re good at—events!

The Power of the Hashtag

People do not just follow others on Tiwtter they follow hashtags too. What is a Hashtag? A hashtag is a label in a message posted using the # symbol.  It is used to make tweets about certain topics searchable.  A great example is #eventprofs, used by event professionals to tweet about subjects that other event professionals would find useful.

So how can you use it to promote your meeting or event on Twitter?

1.   Create a Event Hashtag

2.   Encourage Use

3.   Include in Everything

4.   Chat about it


Green + Green = GREAT

Together, the Colorado Convention Center and RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) Colorado are transforming conference “leftovers” into amazing hands-on learning activities and incentives for teachers and students.

Groups and exhibitors bring all kinds of schwag and signage to the convention center to make events fun, eye-catching, and memorable.  But what about when the event is over?

Often, groups no longer want or need their items . . . and it costs a lot of money to ship them back (not to mention the carbon footprint).  So groups prefer to leave this stuff behind.

It would be a lot easier to throw (well, forklift) materials into a dumpster and send them to the landfill; instead, the Colorado Convention Center sets aside space (the Reclaim Room) and has a talented and committed Sustainability Programs Manager, Lindsay Arell, on board to make sure that the items are reused instead!

We at RAFT Colorado are lucky beneficiaries of this program.  We help teachers teach the way kids learn best:  through interactive, hands-on learning.  In our opinion, just about anything destined for the garbage or recycle bin can be transformed into a hands-on learning activity that is not only cheap and educational, but green as well!

One example of how we use convention center discards is to create adorable playhouses made from foam core.  Right now, we have a volunteer (Jesse) who dedicates one morning a week to coming to RAFT to cut up the foam core so that teachers can take them to their classrooms to be used for houses, lemonade stands, stores, spaceships, and more!

We also get lots of bags from the convention center – teachers love them because they can give them to students who can’t afford backpacks, and they can also attach them to the back of students’ chairs to hold their books and other school items.

Those are just the tip of the iceberg – teachers use all sorts of items donated by the Colorado Convention Center, including office supplies, promotional items . . . even cowboy hats and bandanas have made their way into Colorado classrooms!

So from RAFT teachers and students:  thanks for supporting the environment AND education – together we have turned thousands of cubic feet of materials into innovative resources for learning!

Stephanie Welsh
Executive Director
RAFT Colorado

And the WINNERS are…

Readers and editors of PCMA Convene Magazine picked their top 5 favorites in 10 industry categories and proudly presented the 50 best things in meetings today. Best Destination Video was one of the categories and VISIT DENVER's 'Let's Go' video is a WINNER! 

VISIT DENVER's 'Let's Go' video creates an emotional connection to the Mile High City, with its high-energy pace, music, and dazzling Denver visuals. The video is informative as well, showing viewers many aspects of the city, from Denver's active spirit and exciting nightlife, to its vibrant arts and culture scene, sports, and breathtaking Rocky Mountain backdrop.
- Rachel Benedick, Vice President of Sales and Services, VISIT DENVER

The video is AWESOME! If you haven't seen it you have to. The video truly does show how great Denver is and what Denver all has to offer. What do you think of the video? It pretty much makes us want to get out and explore more of Denver.

Check out all of Convene's categories and winners in their Best in Show!

Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival

What: Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 6

Where: the Meadow at City Park, Denver CO

The free, one-day festival will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients. Cultivate is the first festival of its kind to bring together national culinary talent, musicians and thought leaders. The event gives people an opportunity to experience Chipotle in a new way and to learn something about issues in food, develop a deeper appreciation for farmers and food artisans who are changing food culture for the better, and enjoy some great music.

Chefs conducting cooking demonstrations throughout the day in Denver include:

·         Richard Blais (The Spence; HD-1; Flip Burger Boutique/Atlanta)

·         Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal; Son of a Gun/Los Angeles)

·         Amanda Freitag (series “Chopped” and “Iron Chef America”)

Musical acts slated to perform in Denver include:

Cultivate Denver will include an Artisan Tent offering a wide selection of local artisan-crafted foods for sampling and purchase, a Tasting Tent featuring local and specialty beers and wine, a Kids’ Tent with crafts and organic snacks, and various other activities to shed light on and spark discussion about contemporary food issues. Chipotle will also serve a selection of dishes based on its traditional menu and ingredients, but with a unique spin specially created for the Cultivate festival, and offer select dishes from ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Asian concept it opened in Washington, D.C. last year.   Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine in the festival’s Tasting Tent will be donated to Chef Ann Cooper’s The Lunch Box, a nonprofit organization that works to transition school lunchrooms from processed foods to made-from-scratch meals.

More information: Visit

Contact: Quinn Kelsey,, 303-951-2572


Technology K-Z

Here are the remaining K-Z technology tips, tools and trends from Colorado Meetings and Events Magazine.

Giving planners “The Nuts and Bolts of Virtual Events” in a free webinar series. The four-part series provided a complete overview of planning hybrid and virtual events, including an in-depth review of virtual meetings done right.

Now has a free app for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and more. “It is a hugely powerful tool,” says Julia Blankinship, president of B Distinct Events in Boulder. “I can stay connected to a lot of people even when they move positions. I also like the fact that if I need to contact someone at an organization, I can look up that company and see if I know anyone there. If I don’t, I can also search to see if I know anyone connected to someone at that organization.”

This online portal features a comprehensive list of mobile applications available to meeting and event professionals in a variety of categories, including meeting management, conferences, ground transportation, green tools and more.

Just as technology has created new tools for planning and promoting events, it has created new career paths as well. “I networked a lot after I was laid off and kept hearing the same thing from business owners: ‘We know what we need to do online and with social media marketing, but we don’t have time ourselves and we can’t afford to hire another employee.’ At that point, I figured I could make a living being a marketing consultant to multiple businesses,” said Kevin Kowalczyk, who began his career working in the Denver concert industry.

Providing webcasting and virtual environments for training, conferences, meetings, product launches, expos and tradeshows. On24 extends its services to 700 global organizations in publishing, life sciences, technology, government and financial services. “Because our events our virtual, our audiences are often global. And the physical location of the client becomes irrelevant,” says Senior Director Tricia Heinrich.

With all the other options available—online registration, e-vites, Facebook event pages—are paper invitations passé? “With the dynamics the way they are with our archaic mail system and people having a need to be more eco-friendly, people prefer to send and receive notices via e-mail,” says John Tobey, founder of John Tobey Event Design. “I enjoy using Paperless Post for our higher-end clients as there are no advertisements attached. You can actually open the envelope on the screen and pull out a beautiful, customized invitation.”

Chances are you’re seeing more of these little boxes made of black and white pixels, and for good reason. Quick Response, or QR, codes are another fun and free way to disseminate information. Users can generate and print their own QR codes for smartphones to scan and use by visiting one of several free QR code generating sites or apps.

The major online registration and attendee management system, has unveiled their new Theme Designer, a robust design feature that makes it easy and cost-effective ($3.95 per registrant) to customize the look and feel of event websites, registration pages and email marketing campaigns.

Okay, you know how to create a Facebook page for your event, how to use a Twitter hashtag so attendees can find your tweets and how to post a video of your keynote speaker on YouTube. Here are some other uses for social media you may not have thought of.

Keep the buzz going. Using, a Twitter analytics tool, users can search for a phrase, Twitter name, URL or hashtag. TweetReach then analyzes the searched tweet and reports the reach and exposure data. The purpose behind the tool is to help business measure the impact of social media conversations.

Leverage LinkedIn. “LinkedIn is probably the best of all social media platforms for generating leads. People are on there to find business and jobs. Be sure your company has a LinkedIn page and that you’re posting relevant information on a daily basis on your personal account,” says Kevin Kowalczyk of Layer Cake Creative in Denver.

Log on to Hidden after your iMac or MacBook goes missing and this app will locate it anywhere on the planet and take pictures of the thief using it and screenshots so you know what they’re up to. They’ll even work with the police to help you recover it. Pricing plans start at $15 year for one computer.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on new technology being tested that will do away with hotel key cards in favor of using a permanent card issued to frequent guests. The card uses radio-frequency identification and assigned phone numbers that guests dial from their cellphones, which they hold to the door to prompt unlocking with a tone.

Businesses have shown an increasing interest in utilizing virtual tradeshows to reduce expenses, especially traveling costs. Also, virtual tradeshows present an opportunity to archive speeches and seminars.

Neatly package your next meeting or event onto a colorful, customized MP3 player from In addition to a unique walking tour of your host city, these unique MP3 gifts can include a customized message from a CEO or other executive, meeting presentations and other materials. The price for new, reusable MP3 players that come with a USB connector range from $15-$25 each.

There are a lot of meeting and event planning software programs out there, but if you want to be sure you’re following the standards being set by the Convention Industry Council, you want the APEX Meeting and Event Toolbox 3.0 by OfficeReady. Includes housing forms, rooming lists and event specs, plus automated APEX document templates such as RFPs, post-event reports and more for a cost of $99.95.

No signs of deflating when it comes to promoting meetings, events and organizations. The city of Boulder highlights its news, election candidate profiles and recent happenings on its own YouTube channel. Resorts, hotels and event venues also have turned to YouTube to offer virtual tours of their facilities and amenities, such as the Rocky Mountain Resort Management in Keystone.

Remember when audience polling keypads were the hot new thing? Now mobile apps like Zuku also allow users via text messaging to anonymously ask questions, send comments or respond to polls or surveys, only cheaper.

Technology Tips A-J

Technology A-J

Technology has had a significant impact on the industry and always will. Although technology topics are a staple on agendas at professional conventions and conferences, it’s a challenge for busy planners to keep up with the rapid pace of change and new options.

Colorado Meetings & Events compiled technology tips, tools and trends from A to Z for today’s meetings and events. Here are A to J and stay tuned for K to Z.

Apps allow event managers and planners to send news, video, special offers, meeting schedules and presentations directly to attendees’ cell phones at any time. Attendees can register for an event, see updated schedules, rate the venue or the keynote speaker, find their meeting room, or even play games like scavenger hunts, all through their phone.

In today’s social media-charged world, getting a degree from the Social Media Academy could be almost as valuable as that CMP. Education programs are specifically designed for business professionals from all industries and cover strategy development, planning, tools selection and more.

Get help using social media to effectively market your event from CVENT, the world’s largest provider of online event management, meeting site selection and web survey solutions. Their free eBook, Event Marketing 2.0: How to Boost Event Attendance through Social Media, provides practical tips and best practices for planners.

Dropbox is a Web-based file sharing service that allows users to collaborate on and have access to the same projects and documents anywhere, anytime, even offline.

Via high-definition video conferencing. Video conferencing has the capability to connect attendees to the event or with the meeting planner if their presence cannot be made to the actual event, giving attendees the option to attendee the event from afar.

Be a mayor for a day with this location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or text messaging, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Planners are using it for scavenger hunts and to encourage more interaction between attendees.

Greenvelope is a new e-vite provider that offers a great “Business Collection” of classy designs, or users can upload their own. For $139, planners can send e-vites to up to 300 contacts; the package includes envelopes, save the date cards, invitations, response cards, an event details page and thank you notes (special pricing available for more than 300 contacts). Ten percent of the package price is donated to a greenway preservation project in Washington. More partner charities are being added.

Planners know they should be using social media; we know from talking to them that many are so busy they find it hard to keep up with all the different channels. Hootsuite is a social media dashboard that lets you monitor and post to several networks, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more, from one website. Also offers custom analytics. The basic service is free.

Denver-based Image Audiovisuals hosts a free, informative conference to present the latest trends in technology. The conference, entitled iSummit, offers attendees the opportunity to learn about modernized technology such as online registration, video conferencing, live event streaming and AV technology.

The portable storage devices feature a convenient USB connection, various storage capacities, and the capability to delete and rewrite over files. Gena Erwin, senior meeting manager for Medical Group Management Association, says that using flash drives adds convenience to meetings, especially those with presentations.

“Presentations tend to change more often and [flash drives] give us flexibility to provide more up-to-date information or access to the information. It also allows us to provide the information in advance in some cases and people can prepare ahead of time, as well as print off and bring what they want,” explains Erwin.

Top 10 Food & Beverage Trends

Food and Beverage is a very important part of the event planning process and should not be overlooked. One of the top five reasons people attend events is because of the food. It is important to not only stay up to date on meeting trends but food and beverage trends as well.
After reviewing articles from Successful Meetings and The Meetings Magazine, we have compiled the top 10 Food and Beverage Trends of 2012.

1.   Food Trucks

      This gives the attendees a new and different serivce experience

2.   Tastings or Pairings

      They discourage over-indulging, while encouraging attendees to try unique combinations

3.   Locally Grown Produce

      Locally grown brings a new level of sustainability and enjoyment of knowing your food is fresh, not shipped

4.   Sustainable Meats

      Builds awareness around what is consumed and how it is brought to the plate

5.   Bite-Size

      Sliders, hand-held desserts, and finger foods, make it easy to network and eat at the same time

6.   Organic Drinks

      Organic goes beyond food and now to the cocktail hour with micro-distilled liquor and organic wine

7.   Healthy Options

      Fruit and vegetable side options or a vegetarian entree gives attendees the "smart" dietary choice

8.   Skip Dinner

      Give attendees the evening opportunity to explore and what the city has to offer, with full food and beverage service during the day

9.   Recycling

      Green your event by making everything attendees touch and eat at a service is compostable or recyclable

10. Exotic Options

      Tapas (Spanish) and mezze (Middle Eastern) appetizers give attendees something new to try and talk about

Whatever you did last year, it's OUT. Meeting organizers are looking for something fresh and different. Trends are moving toward fun and casual foods while acknowledging the increasingly sophisticated palate of the average attendee.


10 Reasons Social Media Matters for Planners

There is so much happening with social media today it is almost overwhelming. As social sites rapidly grow and evolve, it's increasingly difficult for the average person to really wrap their head around social media and process what it all means. It is important to understand why you are using social media and have goals and a strategy behind your social media usage.

Here are 10 reasons why planners need to think about their social media strategy for any public meeting, event or conference:

1.   Networking opportunities and educational content

2.   Engagement

3.   Drive Attendance

4.   Word-of-Mouth

5.   Target Audience

6.   Communication

7.   Involvement

8.   Preperation

9.   Reviews

10. Reputation

Read more about these 10 reasons on Cvent.

4 Steps for Facebook

Last month we attended a Webinar presented by Constant Contact on 4 Steps: Driving Business Results on Facebook. Speakers of the Webinar were Mark Schmulen, General Manager of Social Media with Constant Contact and Chirs Luo, Head of Global SMB Marketing with Facebook. The Webinar was very information and covered the main steps all businesses should follow on Facebook. Here are the 4 steps:

1.   Build Your Facebook Page

2.   Connect to Fans with Ads

3.   Engage Your Fans with Quality Content

4.   Influence the Friends of Your Fans

Just remember that Facebook takes time and that you must interact and actively engage your audience/target market to get them interested in you.

Team Leslie SMG/CCC Walks the Walk

And . . . they're off . . . the 2012 Heart Walk took place Saturday, June 2 at the Denver Performing Art Complex next door. We, the Colorado Covention Center with our new Wellness Program, had Team Leslie SMG/CCC participate in the walk.

Those of us at the Colorado Convention Center were ecstatic to participate in the 2012 Heart Walk. It was great to support a cause that is close to all of our "hearts" and show our support. We were all very happy to walk in loving memory of our amazing friend Joe Leslie. We hope to grow our participation and support for next years walk.

This year was The American Heart Association's most successful Heart Walk ever. The goal was to raise $1.6 million and a total of over $2 million was raised for a great cause.

2012 Social Media Trends

Social Media has seen some amazing innovations in the last few years, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping any time soon. Staying on top of social media is about working smart, not just working hard. Based on where the industry is moving, these ten trends from Hospitality NET should be strong influencers in 2012.


  1. Socialization of search: Search engines started using social signals in their ranking algorithms in the end of 2010, and increasingly in 2011. As Google and Bing continue testing and perfecting their algorithms, the search results for any individual users will become increasingly personal based on location and his/her social connections.


  1. Hard ROI metrics: As with all marketing campaigns, at the end of the day it is important to see some measurable returns from social media. The concepts of "brand exposure" and "building engagement" are great buzz words, but in order to improve your efforts on a regular basis you need to be able to measure results. When a social marketing plan is developed correctly, real ROI is able to be measured and reported.


  1. Merging of marketing channels: As search engines begin incorporating the data from many different departments into their algorithms, it becomes more important for members of various marketing teams to communicate and share strategies. The lines between traditional, paid, organic, and social marketing are blurring.


  1. Location-based social media: The technology in mobile devices is more powerful and more affordable than ever. This combination of power and economy is contributing to an increase in mobile social activity. A large user base with geographic ties allows brands to target small, qualified groups of users with unique and relevant messaging.


  1. Social media fatigue / content aggregation: With so many different social networks available, it is easy for the average user to burn out and get tired of staying on top of every new channel. In some ways this is already evident by the large number of accounts on Google+ that were created and quickly abandoned. Users are starting to focus on the one or two social networks that fulfill their unique engagement needs. To be able to connect across so many networks, it is imperative for businesses to have a strong listening foundation, and the ability to adapt targeted messaging to diverse networks.


  1. Infographics: The idea of sharing large amounts of complex data in a friendly, visual manner is not new. However, the rise of infographic popularity on the internet is astounding. Creating compelling infographics is a great way to get fun information out to your customers, but also a way to reach new users with popular keywords.
    Search volume for the words "infographic" and "infographic" on Google. Source: Google Trends


  1. LinkedIn: As search engines rely more on social signals, it is important to have an active presence in the channels that carry the most search engine weight. LinkedIn is one such channel, and can be a very effective tool for connecting with business consumers as well as getting yourself to rank higher in search engine results.


  1. Identifying sales leads: The real-time nature of social sharing presents the potential to proactively reach out to users and cultivate potential sales leads. The key is to develop effective listening methods that allow you to identify and contact potential consumers in a way that allows you to contribute to ongoing conversations.


  1. Facebook sharing: Facebook's open graph technology is making it easier for users to connect and share things on Facebook while outside of the FB platform. As developers create applications that take advantage of the open graph network, "liking" will become more ubiquitous to include other verbs and not require physical clicks of a button.


  1. Consumer lifetime value: Too often, marketing promotions focus on ways to grab attention for one purchase or event, and fail to take into account the potential value of consumers over a lifetime. Using social media to reward customer loyalty can ensure a long and profitable relationship.



2012 Habitat for Humanity

2012 was the fourth year that the Colorado Convention Center staff has participated with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for those in need.  Each year SMG / Colorado Convention Center sends around 10 volunteers to a site to help build for a day.  This year we were fortunate enough to have 13 people volunteer their time to help with this fantastic project! 

Each year the home we volunteer on is at a different stage of completion, this year the home itself was finished so we spent the day doing some landscaping.  Colorado Convention Center staff pulled weeds, installed edging, spread mulch, dug holes and planted some beautiful bushes and trees for a family with two kids and another on the way. 

This is a favorite volunteer event among the Colorado Convention Center staff and every year people look forward to participating.  It’s such a rewarding excuse to get out of the office for the day and really make a difference in the community!  If you are interested in volunteering or donating to Habitat for Humanity please visit their website at


Heart Walk: Team Leslie SMG/CCC

As part of the Wellness Program implemented at the Colorado Convention Center this year, it is our goal to promote one race/walk a month.

This month we are promoting the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Chances are you or someone you know has a connection to heart disease or stroke, like our late dear friend and co-worker, Joe Leslie, Sales Manager, CMP.

Please join or support Team Leslie SMG/CCC in participating in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and help support our goal to raise funds that are needed for critical cardiovascular disease research and education.

       Here is how you can help and support a great cause:

  1.            Join Team Leslie SMG/CCC
  2.            Donate to the Cause

-      $25 gives 50 people educational materials that teach them how to personally reduce their risk of heart diseases and stroke

-      $50 delivers the message of healthy nutrition to elementary school students through lesson plans and activity guides

-      $100 allows one hospital to teach its patients, caregivers, and health professionals about the risks of stroke – the nation’s No. 4 killer


Click HERE to join or donate and help support this great cause with us.

 (If you have any questions you can contact the Wellness Committee at


10 Booth Boosting Tips

Are you ready to bring new life to your exhibit? Or are you ready to chuck it becuase no one stopped to see you at your last event?

Your answer is a few steps away with these tips we found from BSI Exhibits to attract visitors to your booth.


10 Booth Boosting Tips

1.   Improve your lighting

Any booth will attract attention if it is well lit. The human eye is naturally attracted to bright lights.

2.   Color your world

Bright colors are pleasing to our eyes and exciting to our brains. Bright, rich colors attract people.

3.   Use the soft touch

Upgrade to quality carpet and padding. The soft feel underfoot gives the impression of quality and class.

4.   Creat an open atmosphere

Eliminate all other phyiscal andpsychological barriers to your booth by making it open and inviting.

Eliminate all other physical and psychological barriers to your booth by making it open and inviting.

5.   Make something move

Provide movement to attract attendees' eyes and bodies towards your booth. Activity attracts people's attention.

6.   Tickle the senses

Smells often trigger the most pleasant of memories. Present smells to attract visitors to your booth like cookies.

7.   Personalize your exhibit

Your exhibit doesn't have to be all work and no play. Use props and decorate your booth.

8.   Invent a corporate dress code

Make your staff stand out. Wear the same shirt, tie, scarf, vest or jacket.

9.   Go high-tech

Use all the tools at your disposal to provide information. Use websites, email blasts, web links and downloads.

10. Staff your booth with the best

Nothing will increase your ROI like choosing the right people to staff your booth. Only send the best!













If you do not have the time or money to take on all 10 tips at once, take it slow. Try out a few ideas to see how they work. Whatever you do, have fun and be comfortable with your exhibit.

Are you planning on exhibiting at an event? Check to see if the venue offers any exhibitor ordering or opportunities. Take a look at what we offer exhibitors exhibiting at events held here at the Colorado Convention Center.

Taking gourmet food to the homeless

The Colorado Convention Center is big on sustainability and we pride ourselves on our continued efforts. But, the sustainability goes beyond what you can see. Centerplate, the exclusive cater for the Colorado Convention Center and preferred carter for the Denver Performing Arts Complex, is also dedicated to sustainability. Centerplate donates unused food to “We Don’t Waste,” a nonprofit that works with carters, restaurants, food growers and producers.

"Last week, we were feeding 4,000 people breakfast, lunch and dinner," executive Chef Carmen Callo of Centerplate said.

We Don't Waste takes the food the Convention Center won't use and puts it on the tables of people who need it.

"As chefs, part of the reason we love the job to have people enjoy our food, to know that it can go full circle and continue to be enjoyed is great," Callo said.

Before We Don't Waste came about, a large portion of their prepared perishable food was tossed, Callo said.

Today, thanks to Occasions Catering and Centerplate, Preblud, the founder of “We Don’t Waste” is delivering a ton of different fresh food to Father Woody's, a Denver day shelter for the homeless.

For the full story on “We Don’t Waste,” check out the news story from 9News.


11 Meeting Trends That Will Shape 2012

We came across these 11 meeting trends in Successful Meetings Magazine. With an industry that has found struggle with the economy the past few years, it is important to realize and follow the trends to plan and work towards better days.

Here are the top 10 trends, plus a bonus 11th focused on corporate social responsibility:

1. Luxury is back. Back cautiously, but back. While luxury resorts are no longer pariahs, corporate accountants have long memories, and are “watching the meeting budget as closely as if it were 2008!”

2. Meeting demand is growing. Demand is the strongest it’s been since 2008, and the trend is up across all industry segments. While the booking pace remains short term, the “meeting sale” is over.

3. Meeting size is trending up, and space is at a premium. With the economy and business climate strengthening, hotels and resorts are being more selective about bookings, giving preference to larger meetings willing to pay higher rates. The flexibility of many hotels and resorts is waning with the strengthening of demand. No longer can planners expect to book a meeting 30 days out and receive premium space at bargain prices.

4. 21st century meeting space is different. Meeting space isn’t what it used to be—it’s more creative! Today’s planners are looking for properties with outsized, outdoor meeting spaces, inspirational and non-traditional nooks and crannies for small gatherings and breakouts inside, and are requesting oversized chairs and meeting accessories as an occasional alternative to ergonomics.

5. Meetings technology has leapt into the 21st century. Apps downloaded on smartphones and iPads, easily accessible mobile sites, and meeting-dedicated Facebook pages are assisting planners and conference attendees with the registration process, enabling quick access to event itineraries, and offering an easier method to gather feedback from participants post event.

6. The meeting package is coming back strong. Although the past few years saw a slide in demand and an unbundling of meeting packages, in 2012 planners are embracing customized packages for the budget value they offer.

7. Slowly and carefully meeting pricing is trending up. With an improving economy, planners are expecting and seem prepared for price increases in 2012. They are still looking for the best value, but pricing push-back is on the wane.

8. Teambuilding budgets continue their comeback. Groups looking for unique half-day options onsite and offsite, and this is influencing site selections.  Properties that come equipped with creative, built-in teambuilding opportunities such as volleyball on the beach, kitchens designed for cooking classes, mixology programs, and even golf courses on which conferees can test their mettle as a group, are winning meetings business.

9. Training budgets are back. As the economy strengthens, corporate America is increasing the training budgets of its sales and management teams, realizing that in an increasingly complex and competitive global economy, companies can't afford to be anything but the best-informed and skilled in their industry. They've seen the impact of losing focus, and so there is money for training once again. This time around, training is more intense and meetings tend to be longer that previously.

10. The destination is as important as the venue. Time invested in a meeting is more valuable than ever before, and the need to counter-balance this with destination experiences is taking on new meaning. While exotic locales are thrilling to experience, it’s about affordable destinations, perhaps closer to home, that offer great value and a relaxed atmosphere, where business can get done and recreation can offer new opportunities for learning in a more relaxed setting.

11. Social responsible meetings are on the rise. The need to give back remain strong in corporate America, and investing in the community is as important for planners and conference attendees as it is for the hotel or resort serving as the meeting venue. Socially responsible meetings are no longer just about helping clean up the environment, they're about helping corporate teams learn ways to more actively integrate into their local community and help develop and strengthen its social fabric.

Bumiller Art Connection

If you have ever been to a show at the Wells Fargo Theatre, it is hard to miss the Wood Water Rock wall, made up of 18 separate wood panels painted in oils. The piece of art work spans the entire wall next to the entry door of the 5,000 seat music venue.  Created by artist Trine Bumiller, the art piece has not only become a popular piece for music goers, but the artist is now gaining national news. 











Bumiller was recently feature in in art ltd. magazine for her upcoming solo exhibition at Zg Gallery in Chicago titled "In Medias Res."  The art exhibition is titled in Latin translated to mean "into the middle of things."  In asking Bumiller about the exhibition, she mentioned the following, "I like that in-between period, that in-between region whether it's literal or philosophical. I've been working with the organic and inorganic and finding that combination in the middle of things that is representational and abstract,"

Check out Bumiller’s exhibitions and other art around Denver/Colorado at the Colorado Boulevard Public Art Project, University of Colorado at Boulder, and exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens; Estuarine:Works.

Canstruction – One “can” make a difference

Building a life-size sculpture out of LEGO bricks is fun, but building one out of cans of food can make all the difference. Canstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change.  April 3rd marked the building date for Canstruction® Colorado 2012: Hungry for Change presented by Hunger Free Colorado.

Canstruction® Colorado 2012: Hungry for Change is an exciting design/build competition and exhibition in which local designers build large-scale structures made entirely of cans of food. After the exhibition, the food is donated to local food banks. 

This year’s event is produced in association with the Society for Design Administration.  The event is being held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, April 3-9 and is free with admission to the museum.

Several design teams have participated in this event including Fentress Architects; the company that designed this magnificent building, the Colorado Convention Center. Fentress Architects based their design around the iconic blue bear art work “I See What You Mean” by Lawrence Argent.  Fentress hopes by their involvement to build awareness of hunger in Colorado by enforcing the mentality of; “I see what you mean. How CAN I help?”





















Fentress Architects won 2 out of the 4 awards - Jurors Favorite and Structural Ingenuity. Plus the popular vote by those that attended the event. They will be going to Nationals to show off their Canstruction for hunger.

The display of the Canstruation will be at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science until Monday the 9th. Check out all the cool Canstruction displays on 9News.

Rocky Mountain Bridal Show

Rocky Mountain Bridal Show

January 2012

Now that you have said “YES” it is time to say “I DO!” Let the planning begin and turn your wedding day dreams into reality at Colorado's most Elegant Bridal Show with the most vendors, the most prizes, and the most choices with EVERYTHING you'll need. It is the easiest and most convenient way to plan your wedding and it can all be done in one day.

On January 8th the Mile High Ballroom was filled with Brides and Grooms to be checking out and planning the latest and greatest for their big day. The ballroom was full of vendors ready to make your day a dream come true.  Everything from venues, flower shops, cake studios, caterers, photographers, and invitations, to bridal and bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, DJ’s, and photo booths. Your entire wedding could be planned and booked that day! All of the vendors were extremely helpful and friendly, and to make sure that is really what you wanted you could try things out like taste food and cake, take home brochures and samples, test out the photo booths and dance off for a DJ.


























To top it all off the show would not be complete without a Bridal Fashion Show presented by The Bridal Connection and Jos. A. Bank Formal Wear and giving away fantastic prizes. At 1:30 PM the runway lit up and showcased different bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and flower girl dresses so one could envision their entire big day. Prizes like, free venues, trips to Vegas, trips to Blackhawk, hotel stays and spa days were given away to hopeful and happy brides. 














Every bride should attend this show to meet vendors and be able to actually see and experience what they could have for their special day. The Rocky Mountain Bridal Show is an annual event here at the convention center holding 2 more shows this year, Sunday April 22 and August 19. We will see all you Brides to be there!

NCAA Women’s Final Four entering Sports Nation

NCAA Women’s Final Four entering Sports Nation
Excitement a Mile High

Energy and excitement is in the Denver air! The NCAA has taken over the town and turned Denver into the ULTIMATE FINAL FOUR destination. Denver is considered a “Sports Nation” so it is only appropriate that the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four takes place here.

Festivities kicked off today at 10am here at Tourney Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero. Mayor Michael Hancock WELCOMED the NCAA and all the coaches, players and fans by showing off his skills on and off the court. If seeing the Mayor’s skills didn’t get you pumped up, then seeing all of the activities line the walls off Tourney did and will.

Show off your skills at the Coca-Cola Zero Fan Zone in a shoot off with your friends. Test out your doodling on an AT&T phone and get your picture taken with some hardware. Climb for Kay at the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play some one-on-one, knock-out, kick some goals, and hit and throw some balls. Meet basketball stars and get their autographs. Then gear up with the Official Final Four merchandise.

Not a dull moment while being here at Tourney Town. Tourney Town is FREE and here until April 1st (and that is not an April Fool’s joke!). Make your way down here to enjoy the experience the excitement of the NCAA Final Four.

2012 Denver Auto Show

Nothing beats that new car smell and browsing hundreds of 2013 intros and concept cars. It was the perfect place to fall in love with a new car, giving you the itch to buy! The 2012 Denver Auto Show was the ultimate showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles -- cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities.









When walking into the show you were instantly mesmerized by the smell and shiny finish on all the new vehicles on the floor, waiting for you to open the doors, take a seat, and picture yourself driving down the road in one of them. Not only could you sit in and check out the cars you could Ride & Drive certain makes and models and experience Camp Jeep. 














Special Thanks to the Colorado Automotive Dealers Association who puts on the Denver Auto Show and to all the Automotive Dealers and Exhibitors who bring the show to life.

The Denver Auto Show is sponsored by BELLCO and State Farm. Stay connected to find out and attend the 2013 Denver Auto Show. You won’t want to miss out on 2014 models!


The Bikes are Back!

Denver B-Cycle is coming out of hibernation on Monday, March 12th. At 5am on Monday, there will be B-cycles in all the stations available to check out. There is a station on 14th and Welton and 14th and Champa here at the convention center.

B-cycle members are encouraged to take a stroll on Monday to show the rest of the city that the bikes are back! Every trip you take on Monday will enter you to win a t-shirt or helmet. Winners will be announced in B-cycle’s March newsletter. The bikes are available for an extra hour this year, until midnight, giving you more time to ride.

Celebrate the first ride of 2012 by participating in First Ride 2012. Just show up at Denver Bike Sharing HQ, located at 2737 Larimar St, wearing red on Sunday, March 11th at 11am. Enjoy some brunch brought to you by Dean’s Urban Market, drinks provided by Honest Tea, enjoy tunes courtesy of Jay Ryan and grab some Clif Bars, take a group photo and at noon ride your B-cycle to a pre-assigned station for your choice. This will help them set up for their official third season and help the environment by replacing trips they would have made in their trucks. SIGN UP HERE if you plan on attending First Ride 2012.

Check out Denver B-cycle Facebook and Twitter pages to participate in their Launch Contests taking place now until March 12th. Ride on and enjoy the bikes!

2012 Colorado Garden and Home Show

The 53rd Annual Colorado Garden and Home Show presented by Dish in association with Xfinity, 9News, The Denver Post, and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles brought Spring to life indoors with not so Spring like weather to accompany it the past 9 days. When entering the show floor you automatically felt like you were in a garden and enjoying the spring weather with the live garden, balloon and butterfly landscaping at the entrance.

But gardens were not the only thing that welcomed attendees, aisles upon aisles, covering 400,000 square feet of the Colorado Convention Center, of home products, landscaping ideas, playgrounds, decks, and demonstrations/seminars were there for attendees to enjoy.

The Garden & Home Show had something there for your driveway, to the backyard, inside to the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Anything you needed or wanted for you home and garden was there! 650 different companies from 25 states and Canada showcased their products and services. Not only could you purchase products or get ideas you could learn from some of the region's most noted gardening, landscaping and home improvement experts with the 50 FREE educational seminars available.
The show had people leaving ready and determined to work on their gardens and homes for the spring. BRING ON SPRING!

For more details and information about the show and future shows visit Colorado Garden Show, Inc. See you all at the 2012 Fall Home Show.

2012 Denver International Sportsmen’s Exposition

If you love hunting, fishing, outdoor sports and adventure travel you were here for the 35th Denver International Sportsmen’s Exposition, January 5 – 8. ISE brought the outdoors to life indoors at the Colorado Convention Center. The show floor was full of fishing, hunting and outdoor products, sportfishing boats and travel destinations, the one-stop place to get everything you need to be successful in you outdoor adventures.

From the time you walked into the show you were fascinated by number of different vendors and seminars from wall to wall that would keep you there all day finding and learning something you couldn’t live without.

Products ranged from:
• Fishing & hunting outfitters & guides
• Fishing tackle & gear
• Hunting products & gear
• Boats, motors & marine accessories
• Travel, vacations, lodges & resorts
• RVs & campers 
• Apparel & optics
• Outdoor-media companies  
• Mountain living furnishings & art
• Outdoor clubs, groups & organizations
• Trucks, trailers & aftermarket accessories
• ATVs, motorcycles & personal watercraft













Special features and free seminars included:
• RMEF Great Elk Tour
• Eastmans’ Trophy Deer Display
• DockDogs Contest
• RMEF Adventure Theater
• Sporting-Dog Arena
• World Fishing Network Aquarium Demo Tank
• Fly Fishing Theater
• Orvis Fly Fishing 101 instruction
• Accuracy Casting Contest
• Archery Range
• Catch and Release Fishing













No matter your love for the outdoors; hunting, fishing, travel, there was something there for you to enjoy. If you missed the show this year be ready to start 2013 by attending the Denver International Sportsmen's Exposition next year.

SIA Snow Show 2012

The Colorado Convention Center, Visit Denver and the City of Denver are excited to have the SnowSports Industries America back in Denver for the 2012 SIA Snow Show.  This is the world’s largest snow sports trade show and it is an honor for Denver and Colorado to host this show.

This is the third year of an 11 year commitment from SIA to the Snow Show in Denver. Last year the show had 20,000 attendees and brought the city $30 million of economic spending to the city. All indications are that this year is going to exceed that. We want to welcome you to our city and thank you for your business.

Along with the Snow Show, SIA, Visit Denver, Colorado Ski Country, and the City of Denver sponsor the Mile High SNOWFEST which is a four day celebration of “all things snow” that includes Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks concert, Art of Winter, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park and the Denver Pavilions, plus great deals at downtown businesses.

The SIA Snow Show 2012 kicked off today, January 26th. President and CEO of VISIT DENVER, Richard Scharf, Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock and Tim Petrick, SIA Chairmen of the Board welcomed the show this morning with a press conference.

We are looking forward to another great year with SIA and cannot wait for them to return next year. For any information on the SIA Snow Show please download the show APP and follow the show via twitter at #sia12.

2011 Colorado Ski and Snowboard EXPO

Calling all ski, snow, and snowboard lovers… That is what the 2011 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo did on November 4th, 5th, and 6th. This weekend long event made the young and young at heart giddy about the upcoming season. Booths with resorts, ski and snowboard companies, X-Game athletes, demonstrations, and the gigantic store full of anything and everything you would need for the season kept attendees busy.

Resorts were offering discounts on lift tickets and hotel stays. Ski & Snowboard companies were showing off new innovative products, The X-Game booth had a green screen to make you look like a top of the line athlete. Demonstrations included dog rescue training, downhill skiing, mountain boarding and many more throughout the 3 days. The store was full of coats, socks, boots, bindings, skis, boards, helmets, poles, and they had it all at up to 75% off!

The show did not disappoint and also had a brew fest going on for people to kick back and enjoy new brews with their new gear. For all of you that missed out, you will just have to wait for the show to come back to Denver next year, but for now you can see what you missed!

Creme de la Chrome - 2011 Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom Car Show

2011 Thanksgiving weekend Greybeard Promotions, INC and O’Reilly Auto Parts presented the 15th Annual, Crème de la Chrome, Rocky Mountain Rod & Custom Car Show. From wall to wall in the exhibit halls cars were parked and displayed for auto enthusiasts of all ages to come and drool over the hard-work and beauty of over 500 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The event also included automotive-related vendors, showcasing the elegance of hand painted pin-striping.

Crème de la Chrome was the theme of this year’s show and there was plenty of chrome to go around. Johnny's Auto Trim '62 Vette lit up the show floor with all of its chrome. Apollo Anton Ono’s custom Caddy even made an appearance with its highlighting of the Olympic rings as the gauges and trim. It wasn’t just the old classics at the show there were new models of Audi, Lamborghini, Ford, and even famous movie vehicles. There was a car there for everyone to see and enjoy.

After observing the awe inspired crowd and getting to look myself, I talked with an attendee who said they like coming to the Rod & Custom Car Show because the variety of different cars and level of work and passion people put into their cars, “this is the next best thing to owning one; admiring others.” A car owner said they enjoy being able to take their car out and share it with other enthusiasts that share the same passion as them.

If you missed the show, check out pictures from the show on our Facebook page.

2011 Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Who needs “Black Friday” when you have the Holiday Food and Gift Festival? Here at the Colorado Convention Center, we got our sleep on Thanksgiving evening.

The Holiday Food and Gift Festival was here for its 25th annual show the weekend before “Black Friday”. The attendance of the show floor reflected that of shoppers on Black Friday just not as hectic. There was no pushing and shoving because there was plenty of merchandise to look at and buy.

This festival is the largest holiday celebration in the Midwest drawing some 30,000 attendees annually. With over 500 exhibitors the festival provided shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else. Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor, and much more makes this a gift buyers delight. There was a large gourmet food area where you could sample and purchase a wide range of food items including toffee, tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, chili, sauces and many more delights!

Attendees were carrying around bags and bags of items, besides the ones that purchased the nifty shopping bag on wheels, with so much and so many different things to look at it was hard to resist the urge to not buy. One attendee said there were lots of different things to see and that she enjoys the show because of that reason and that she will be back next year. Exhibitor, Carol with Outreach Uganda, said she was at the show last year and it was a success. Her booth is inviting with its unique products and giraffe that gives away candy.  Santa was there too taking pictures and listening to what people wanted this Christmas.

If you have never been to the Holiday Food and Gift Festival before it is a place you will have to go next year to kick off your holiday shopping and maybe you can skip Black Friday. Stay connected to find out 2012’s dates.

Bringing back the buying experience

According to NACS article, “People Have Changed. Have Your Shows?”, for better or worse, technology and society in general have evolved.  We live in a world of technology; everything we do has become so technology driven, the way we work, communicate and buy. In a world of technology and electronics, we lose personal touch with everything we are doing. Need to go shopping but don’t have the time just hop on the internet, browse different stores and items, add to cart, and check out. Buying has gone from an all day ordeal to purchasing in just seconds.

Attending a consumer show like the Holiday Food and Gift Festival, Colorado Home and Garden Show, Denver Boat Show, Colorado RV Travel Show, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo gives people back the buying experience. Jason Strauss, Sales Manager, mentioned that actually going to a show gives you an opportunity to look, touch, taste, feel, and experience the actual product before you buy it, giving people the chance to add their personal touch when buying. 

Make it a resolution to attend a consumer show and get back in touch with the buying experience and adding that personal touch. Check out the video interview of an attendee at the 2011 Holiday Food and Gift Festival and why she likes to go to the show.

Blue Bear to Leaping Rabbit

Lawrence Argent is the creator of the Blue Bear sculpture “I See What you Mean” that stands outside of our building. The Blue Bear has become an iconic symbol, not only to the convention center, but the City of Denver. It is more than a piece of public art it has become a landmark that people gravitate to.

What has Argent been up to lately? He has created “Bunny Hop to Luggage and Buzz” in Sacramento. “Leap”, the piece of artwork Argent made, is located in the Sacramento International Airport above baggage claim. It is a big leaping red rabbit that can create a sense of belonging to travelers as a landmark much like the Big Blue Bear has been for us in Denver. “It’s really big, and you really can’t miss it,” said Casey Chapman who resides in Sacramento.

Now Sacramento and Denver have a “little” public art in common that will have people talking about it forever once they see it. These sculptures have become more than public art, but something people can relate to. What do you think of public art and what it is becoming in cities?

2011 Colorado Fall Home Show

In and outdoor fire pits, landscaping, zero-scaping, cabinets, appliances, demonstrations, products all for in and outside the home was to be seen for the new and existing  homeowners. The 2011 Fall Home Show was not to disappoint. On its last day, September 11, the show was still in full swing with attendees flooding the show floor.

After talking with several attendees they all seemed to say the same things about the show.

1. What brought you to the 2011 Colorado Fall Home Show?

2. Are you looking for anything in particular?

3. What do you like most about the show so far?

4. Will you attend this show next year?

5. Would you recommend this show to anyone?

The show was fun and engaging; full of different products and services. The 2012 Fall Home Show will be September 7-9, 2012; Friday – Sunday, if you can’t wait until then attend the 2012 Colorado Garden and Home Show February 11 – 19, 2012.

Weekend Information

Find out information about downtown festivities and the "need to knows" for getting around Denver this weekend!

CLICK HERE to reference information about the Parade of Lights and downtown Denver street closures.

Our parking garage is open and available for all downtown Denver parking patrons.  The parking entrance is located on the corner of Speer and Champa.

We hope that you enjoy all the downtown Denver festivities that are taking place and have a safe and happy holiday season!

*Please note, there are no events open to the general public this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center.

Convention Industry - Growing Through Expansion

According to Meetings Focus – The Destination Experts, cities across the nation are looking to attract more lucrative events, thus leading to the steady tide of convention center expansions. With the expansions, centers are being designed to fulfill more than just a space requirement, but what comes with expanding and going outside the box:


Changing Needs

Green Considerations

Food for Thought

Future Facilities

The Colorado Convention Center did expand and has taken on the task to meet the changing requirements of meeting planners. Opened in 1990 and expanded in 2005, the Colorado Convention Center is well-known as one of the most practical and “user friendly” meeting facilities. It now serves as home to over 400 events annually. The Colorado Convention Center is located within easy walking distance of over 8,400 hotel rooms, 300 restaurants, 9 theatres of the Denver Performing Arts Complex and a wide variety of shopping and retail outlets.

CLICK HERE to read the article in Meetings Focus


Engine’s Off! Denver

By Lindsay Arell

Winter is on the horizon; however that doesn’t mean Denver’s Air Quality needs to suffer!  Join the Colorado Convention Center and the City of Denver by idling your vehicle for 5 minutes or less. 

In 2008 as part of our sustainability program and to help protect the health of our employees and attendees, the CCCadopted the city and county of Denver’s Engines OFF! anti-idling program.  Elements of this campaign included reaching out to various stakeholders that idle at the center, including taxi drivers, shuttle companies, and shipping companies.  We also placed messaging around the convention center reminding drivers to not idle.  In addition, timers were given to drivers to remind them of when 5 minutes were up. 

The results of the program were astounding.  Observations conducted prior to the campaign noted that 81% of vehicles at the convention center idled.  Of these vehicles, 61% idled from more than 5 minutes.  After the campaign was implemented, 45% of the vehicles at the center idled, and only 14% for more than 5 minutes. 

Not idling is not only good for the environment, but for a business’s bottom line too.  In fact, according to MimMirsky, Program Coordinator of Engines OFF! Denver, “Green Mountain Coffee Roasters implement a program of driver education and incentives to help reduce idling times from 90 to 30 minutes per day across their 22-truck fleet.  As a result they experienced a savings of over $30,000 per year in fuel costs.”

Did you know??
• Just 1 minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than three packs of cigarettes.
• Every minute counts: in the Denver Metro Area, everyone’s idling adds up to cause over 40,000 TONS of harmful air pollution and 400,000 Tons of Greenhouse gas emissions every year.
• Ford Motor Company says: “Avoid idling more than 30 seconds (when not in traffic)—Frequent restarting has little impact on the battery and starter (maybe $10 a year), whereas excessive idling can actually damage important components such as engine cylinders, spark plugs, and the exhaust system.”
• For modern cars with fuel-injection (which includes almost all vehicles built since the late 1980s), idling 10 seconds uses more gas than restarting your engine.
• Idling pollutes the air outside and in your vehicle. Pollution from exhaust contributes to lung infections, pneumonia, influenza and asthma.

To learn more about the Colorado Convention Center’s anti-idling campaign Engine’s OFF!  CLICK HERE or contact our Sustainability Program Manager, Lindsay Arell.

UFC Weigh In

The UFC Weigh In is an event not to have missed! 

The energy of the crowd took over the Wells Fargo Theatre Lobby.  Attendees lined up outside the Wells Fargo Theatre starting at 1:00pm to get in for the anticpation of the exciting weigh in. The Wells Fargo Theatre was packed with attendees waiting for the excitment to start. Behind the sceens, as the fighters lined up for the weigh in.







30 seconds with the Center: American Chemical Society

30 seconds with the Center from Nikki Haddad on Vimeo.

View Sales Manager, Nikki Haddad take some time with Director of Meetings, Alan Hutchins from the American Chemical Society.  Alan talks about what makes American Chemical Society's National Meeting a success and what he loves best about Denver.

It was a great experience to meet Alan as well as learn more about the American Chemical Society.  We found out we had a lot more in common than we thought.  American Chemical Society has started a huge push for sustainable meetings and with our recent LEED:EB certification it provided a lot to discuss.

I really enjoyed how Alan mentioned that the success of their meeting from year to year is attributed partly to the education and programs they are able to provide to their attendees.

Congratulations to the American Chemical Society in their 242nd year! We look forward to seeing you back in Denver.

Social Media and Event Planning

We recently came across the following article in the Ilinois Meeting + Events Magazine about Social Media and The Changing Face of Event Planning. CLICK HERE to view the article.

The article decribes the benefits of social media through everything from helping planners find vendors as well as word-of-mouth campagins.  It also highlights information about encouraging socializtion at events that will help enhance the attendees experience.  It is a great article worth checking out.

As we all have heard on repeated accounts, "Social Media is here to stay".  It is not whether or not your get involved in the Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn of the world, the question is now what are you doing to ehnance your social media platforms to gain interest and increase 'Fans' and 'Followers'.

Below are a couple of techinques, here at the Colorado Convention Center that we have found helpful in our social media efforts.


Fan your client or event on Facebook and make sure that you tag them in all posts related to their event.  This provides wonderful exposure for your venue as well as the event.


Always remember Twitter is not a one-way marketing platform it is a two-way converstation with your followers.  Try and tailor your posts to information that is relevant to your audience.


Connect with your Event Planner or Show Vendor on LinkedIn.  LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your experience and helps to further build a lasting relationship with industry partners.

FAN US for upcoming event tips and event information!

I See What You Mean‚ Behind the Making

Have you ever wondered why the Colorado Convention Center has a huge bear looking in? For most convention centers out there you will find them to be bland and boring, but as far as the Colorado Convention Center goes a work of art is quite an attraction.  According to Lawrence Argent, the creator of the 40-foot high blue bear can be identifiable amongst many who walk past by the convention center windows wondering what is going on inside. In 2005, the Big Blue Bear was installed and since then has quickly become a photo op for many tourists and locals alike. Visit Denver sat down with the local artist to hear the story behind the making of “I See What You Mean”.

VISIT DENVER: How does it feel to be the creator of an artwork that’s quickly become a Mile High City icon?

Lawrence Argent: Who would’ve thought [laughs]? It’s interesting – it doesn’t happen all the time, that’s for sure. Before it was installed, I’d tell people that I was working on a 40-foot blue bear for the Colorado Convention Center, and they’d look at me and say “What – are you working for Disney now?” But once it was up they’d say “Whoa, it’s amazing.” To me, it’s kind of like the bear needs the building, and the building needs the bear.

VISIT DENVER: Where did the genesis of “I See What You Mean” come from?

Lawrence Argent: While toying with the notion of a "Convention Center" and visualizing the vast numbers of people moving through and participating with this environment, my proposal emerged as a core response to the following: Meeting place; Exchange of ideas, transference of information; Regional western art and the thought of what that is from a non-resident's perspective; and the natural surroundings of Colorado. The architecture of [the convention center] is such a dominant presence in the location I thought it best to place a work that did not conflict with the essences of its design or stature, and which would embrace its uniqueness of form and the relationship to the space it occupies. Scale therefore, became an extremely important consideration. I also wanted to bring the mountains (the assumed idea of Colorado) down to Denver to prompt visitors' awareness of the uniqueness of their location.

VISIT DENVER: Why a bear? Why a giant, curious blue bear, specifically?

Lawrence Argent: There’s iconic Colorado imagery – the Rockies, the Flatirons and all that – that I think is a little bit overused, a little passé. So I thought about what it is like to be a resident here and the journey one takes down either corridor (14th St. and Speer Blvd) when one notices there is a convention occurring. I’m always interested in what might be going on in there, the exchange of information, ideas and ideologies. But there’s never really any indication from the outside what’s going on inside. I had recently seen a photo in the newspaper of a black bear looking into someone’s window and that resonated with me. As for the blue color, that was actually an accident – originally the bear was going to reflect the colors of Colorado, with sandstone colors and things like that. But a printout of the design came back blue by mistake, and I thought that was much more exciting. And it was serendipitous, because [I learned later] that the black bear was very important to the Native American Ute tribes that lived in Colorado – and also that one level of spiritual enlightenment for the Utes was the “blue” level.

CLICK HERE to view pictures of " I See What You Mean", the Big Blue Bear

Crazy Sites, Wild Imagination

Love Art? So does Denver!

Denver has become known for its many pieces of public art that makes your in-town experience like a field trip.

Have you seen all the public art in Denver?

If not, according to Huff Post Denver, there are 6 “CAN’T MISS” public art pieces you truly can’t miss.

  1. Dancers - These 60 foot tall white beings are easily spotted in the sculpture park at DCPA (Denver Performing Arts Complex) caught in the action of dance.
  2. “I See What You Mean” - Big Blue Bear - Peering into our very own building is a Big, Blue Bear titled “I See What You Mean.” At 40 feet tall who could miss this piece of art?
  3. Big Sweep - By the Denver Art Museum sits the Big Sweep. A massive depiction of a broom and dustpan sweeping up trash, over 30 feet tall, and the only time you will happily take a picture of cleaning supplies.
  4. Cow Town - To bring the meaning of Cow Town to a very modernized area, by the Denver Art Museum, is a cow and her calf – 3 times the size of normal cattle.
  5. Little Horse, Big Chair - By Denver’s Central Public Library sits an enormous red chair with a pony sitting in it. It really makes the mind wonder and image outside of the perfect place.
  6. Demon Horse - Anyone flying in or out of Denver will drive by the notorious red eyed Mustang while arriving or departing. Known among people as the Demon Horse, because if its red eyes, it has stood the test of time through its controversy.  

All of these are a must see and can’t miss while in the Mile High City. Make sure you have seen them all since you can’t miss them. CLICK HERE for more information about the art inside the Colorado Convention Center.

Planning Your Next Event

Nothing can be more stressful than planning a huge event that will host hundreds to thousands of people at one moment in time. You can almost anticipate the stress and anxiety that will follow as well the increase pressure that you can alllow to put on yourself leading up to the big day. 

Here are some helpful event tips that can help ease your mind and nerves while you put on your next large scale event.

  1. Start the process as early as possible. Space is often reserved two years in advance and can be held for years beforehand. Getting a handle on the calendar can secure a date that works for you and your guests. Remember, some guests may have to travel and knowing the date in advance will allow them to book for early airline discounts. Also, knowing what other events are happening at the same time as yours may have an affect on your dates.
  2. Take advantage of quieter months. If your event is on a strict budget suggesting quieter months can save some budget for other amenities. Some venues and event spaces at your location are more likely to be available in December, January or February.
  3. Divide and Conquer. Assigning portions of the event to each team member can alleviate stress off your shoulders. If everyone has ownership of a piece of the puzzle, such as, set-up, registration, catering than details are less likely to slip through the cracks and team members will feel more involved. Having enough staff on board will always help the nerves.
  4. Pay attention to the small details. Small details can be over looked quickly, so pay attention to things like pens and pads for seminar tables, convenient room layouts that complement your show agenda, technology usage, food preferences and parking. All these detail will help create an overall experience for your guests whom in return will appreciate the gesture. Most event planners tour a venue in advance, so they are familiar with how people flow from one space to the next.
  5. Get accurate head counts. Allow about a week between when RSVPs are due and your final catering head count is due; that gives you time to follow up with invited guests and obtain a more accurate head count. If you’re not sure, order 20% to 25% over your best guess, so you won’t run out of food.
  6. Choose a menu that suits your dining style. If you are planning a cocktail reception after opening session find items that are easy to eat and are not messy. Construct a menu that highlights one bite hors d’oeuvres to make it easy for your guests to eat and socialize. For a sit down reception a more elaborate menu is appropriate.   
  7. Allow for breaks. Booking every minute leaves attendees mentally exhausted. Include morning and afternoon breaks with a full lunch hour. If you want to have an evening reception or dinner, plan for a day with half-day meetings or a break between the workday and the night’s activities.
  8. Visit similar shows. To reduce your anxiety level attend a show that is similar to yours to see the overall picture and get ideas on what you want at your event and importantly what you don’t want. Finding out the do’s and the don’ts can also change your budget.

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