Podcast: Why Convention Centers Are Becoming Town Squares (Episode 50)

The C.E.O. of the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau talks about activating spaces and turning convention centers into community centers.

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Host: David Adler
Guest: Steve Goodling

In this episode of GatherGeeks, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, sits down with Steve Goodling, the president and C.E.O. of the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, before BizBash’s Southern California Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Goodling discusses the future of convention centers; how venues bring people together for a common goal; why venue improvements can transform a city’s economic health and sense of community; and why it’s important to create customized, personality-filled meeting spaces. This episode is a must-listen for anyone in charge of booking—or running—meeting rooms, convention centers, and other gathering spaces.

Sponsored by Digitell. Running time 17:29.

Show Notes

In This Episode: 

  • Roundtable Discussion [02:28]: how the 1960s-era Pacific Arena was transformed into a modern ballroom; why it’s crucial to remember that taxpayers own these spaces; how he finds inspiration and unexpected touches to add personality to design

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