The choices seem to be geographically widely separated. It’s 3000 miles coast-to-coast, and that makes it difficult for “the other end” of the country to attend.
Hotels are much more expensive on the coasts than in the middle of the US. A location in the Midwest or Heartland would be closer and convenient to most of the membership, and the costs of travel and lodging would be much lower.
Holding a convention on the East or West coast would be more like a large area Chapter Meeting then a National Convention.
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The geographical center of all 50 states is located 17 miles west of Castle Rock, South Dakota.
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That last one would put it very close to Salina, KS on I-70. which is a three hr drive from KC, MO. KC is Easy in and Easy out, whether driving or flying. Awesome BarBQue, Great Beef, tons of rooms and many exhibit areas are available. Gambling too;-) and the first major shopping center (area) in the nation, Country Club Plaza $$$$$$$$. Cheap flights from all major hubs. A three hr flight or less from just about any point in the US
Centrally located with a lot of members in the area that could not, normally, get to Toronto, Denver or Florida.
Good venues, and not too expensive (the northern suburbs have great hotels, great food and are much cheaper than downtown venues).
I have talked with the President of the local (Skokie) chamber of commerce and he indicated that he would happily help. he can also get us discountsfrom other chamber members.
We can get speakers from the local building depts.
Many possible (house walks) to see many different types of construction and different defects.
The Chicago Chapter is large and that would mean that we would have a large group of people, on the ground, to help.
Good shopping, entertainment and attractions in the area.
Good quality, inexpensive hotels.
We could have the convention within 4 miles of ASHI national headquarters. Wouldn’t that be something for the papers and media.
*]We could ensure great media coverage of the event. I know of many newspaper and TV reporters who would just love to do a series on various home related issues (Safety, Building codes, electrical safety, home maintenance, etc.)
That’s my recommendation.
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