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Mid-Market Cities

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here are definite benefits to
selecting a mid-market city
for your meeting. Some are
common sense, but others may
surprise you. If you've never considered
this size meeting venue, check out
which of these facts may be the most
important to your group.

The Only Game in
Town
Mid-market cities are
generally more excited to
welcome groups. Your group may very
well be the only convention in town
when you arrive, and that means you
receive genuine "star" treatment. A
mid-market city is also likely to offer
you extra perks that a larger city may
not feel it needs to offer. Smaller cities
tend to pull out all the stops- not only
to attract the event, but also to make
sure that attendees have a fulfilling
experience once they've arrived.

Fleet of Foot
Mid-market cities typically
move more quickly and
offer more flexibility. Need an extra
meeting room at the last minute or

100 more plates added to a scheduled
meal? Done! Here in McAllen, we've
made granting last-minute requests
a seamless process. With fewer
management layers to go through,
you'll deal primarily with only one
or two staff people who are readily
available to give you all the attention
you need and deserve. The assigned
reps will have all details handy for all
aspects of the event.

Faster and Easier to
Navigate
With less time spent going
to and coming from meeting
venue to special event destination or
case study project off-site, less time
is wasted, your attendees are more
comfortable, and a meeting planner's
job is just that much easier.

Boost Attendance
Mid-market cities, as
opposed to a larger more
well-known city, are often
easier for potential attendees to get
permission to attend if the meeting
is NOT in a city that is considered a
vacation destination.

Not the Same Old
Same Old
Who knows what
different and enticing
attractions you may uncover to be
able to offer your attendees a one-ofa-kind experience? Mid-market cities
so often contain hidden gems, and
are frequently cultural, historical,
nature, or artistic strongholds.
Fresh options can really get those
inspirational juices flowing and propel
your next meeting to a whole new
level of creativity and experience.

Save Money
And, of course, mid-market
cities tend to have lower
costs than the larger ones.
We're fortunate in McAllen in that
we have the lowest cost of living in
the entire United States, and that
translates into savings for meeting
planners. Food costs are extremely
reasonable here, especially
considering the value that authentic
Mexican and farm-to-table meals
offer. And attractions are usually
glad to provide special perks and
discounts as well.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2017

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
Going Places
2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Thought Leadership
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
SGMP NATION
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Going Places
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 14
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Thought Leadership
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 22
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Meet a Member
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - SGMP NATION
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
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