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August 2, 2018

Minneapolis Convention Center Wins Venue Excellence Award

Left to right: Jeff Johnson, Executive Director, Minneapolis Convention Center; Ivory Smith, Senior Event Coordinator, Minneapolis Convention Center; Chris Hunjas, Director of Business Administration, Minneapolis Convention Center; and Justin Carlson, Senior Event Coordinator, Minneapolis Convention Center. // Photo credit: Jerrell Trulove and Desmond Hunt, JCI Creatives

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) has won the 2018 Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). This award, from an international panel of peers, recognizes the MCC as one of the five best-managed venues within the IAVM membership – a category that includes convention centers, arenas, stadiums, complexes, casinos and more. 

In winning this year’s Venue Excellence Award, the MCC was judged in several areas:

- Operational Excellence
- Team Building and Professional Development
- Safety and Security
- Service to the Community

The MCC award submission made note of several areas of success, including:

- Sustainability – Currently achieving a 60 percent recycling rate and a reduction of water usage of nearly 30 percent
- Excellent Fiscal Management – MCC is on pace to exceed its goal of $20 million for 2018
- Employee Development – Since 2009 more than 20 employees have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees through the MCC’s tuition reimbursement program

This marks the second time the MCC has been recognized as a Venue Excellence Award recipient; it was also honored in 2014 in a stand-alone category for convention centers. MCC Executive Director Jeff Johnson, MCC Director of Business Administration Chris Hunjas, and Senior Event Coordinators Ivory Smith and Justin Carlson accepted this year’s award in Toronto on July 25.

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