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Welcome to GatherGeeks, the event industry podcast, where people passionate about the power of live experiences and events come together. Join host David Adler as he discusses the latest news and trends affecting event marketers, meeting strategists, nonprofit organizers, and everyone in between. This podcast by BizBash is the destination for information, innovation, and inspiration for anyone involved in planning events and meetings, from conferences, trade shows, and fund-raising galas to product launches, festivals, award shows, weddings, and birthdays.

Apr 3, 2017

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.

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Running time 17:29.