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Author: Brendan Dwyer, CTA

Brendan is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Journalism and has been with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2005. As the Manager of Marketing Communications for the GLCVB and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, Brendan handles numerous design, writing and media coordination responsibilities. As a life-long Greater Lansing resident, Brendan has a firm understanding of the many strengths of the Capital region as a sports, conference and leisure destination.

Contact | bdwyer@lansing.org | (517) 377-1418

Greater Lansing offers a host of event space but the largest and most centralized of them all is the downtown Lansing Center. The 125,000 square foot facility is on Michigan Avenue in downtown Lansing, set along the Grand River and connected to the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol by a covered pedway. The facility hosts hundreds of events of all shapes and sizes every year, but is it the venue right for your next event? Here are the top five reasons to host your next event at the Lansing Center:

2017 Event Planning Trends

Something people tend to do at the beginning of a new year is stop and take a good look forward. Everything is ahead; New trends, new challenges, new goals. The meetings and events industry is no different so here are the top five trends and things to watch in the Meetings and Events Industry for 2017.

When you're planning an event, just as important as who is speaking is the question - What is everyone eating? In today's complicated world more and more people have special diets due to the growing number of food allergies. A savvy event professional knows what most people tend to be allergic to and are ready to accommodate common special diets. Want a quick look at the must-knows of feeding the masses in 2016?

If you're planning an event but aren't sure which type of event seating plan is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide which arrangement will work best for your event:

  •     How many people will be attending your event?
  •     What is the purpose of the event?
  •     Are there any restrictions due to the type of venue selected for the event?
  •     Will the guests need to interact with one another at any point during the event?
  •     Are there any special activities or circumstances that need to be taken into consideration?

Green MeetingsReal Estate agents don't know everything, but they are right about one thing. Location means everything, whether you're buying a house or planning a meeting. Selecting a destination that is conducive to the event's purpose, while also taking into account how far event attendees must travel, is the first step in putting together a successful event. It's also the first step in planning an environmentally-friendly meeting. That leads us into number one on our list of top three things smart planners consider when planning a meeting that’s both successful and green.

I think you'd be surprised, that in a community the size of Greater Lansing Michigan, we have so many well-known stand-out athletes born right here in the middle of the mitten. From wrestlers to divers to golfers to boxers, runners, refs and hoops stars we are literally brimming over with sports super stars. To me it says something about our local sports culture. This is a sports-minded community, and not only because we have Michigan State in our backyard. Sports are just in our blood.

Homecoming is a special time to remember and celebrate important people and places from the past. Think back to your college days and the times and memories you had at your honored Alma Mater! As a proud Alum I can speak from experience about the special and exciting feel of homecoming at Michigan State University. Simply put? It's time for all things GREEN!