Positively Cleveland's CEO keynotes QCCVB annual meeting

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 28, 2014, 6:43 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2014, 7:45 pm
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The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold its annual celebration of the hospitality industry on Sept. 17 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, 2021 State St., Bettendorf.

The keynote speaker is David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. He will discuss "From Customer Service to Community Awareness: The New Destination Development."

Since 2000, the sports commission has attracted and created more than 140 events in the Greater Cleveland area, including the NCAA Women's Final Four, National Senior Games, NBC Gravity Games, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Gymnastics Championships, International Children's Games, McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game and U.S. Olympic Trials Box-Offs.

The events contributed more than $400 million in local economic activity.

Positively Cleveland, the region's convention and visitors bureau, is a private, nonprofit civic organization that generates demand for business and leisure tourism in the region. The organization's efforts contribute to the region's $13 billion tourism industry and support the 163,000 jobs created by 29 million visitors to the 17-county region.

The lunch buffet begins at 11:30 a.m., and the program begins at noon. The cost is $2, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 10. To register, visit visitquadcities.com under Partners or call 309-736-6826.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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