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December 16, 2021
World-Class riders and horses ready for show jumping's inaugural Fort Worth international competition
Fort Worth Report 
Olympic veterans and world-class show jumping riders and horses from nine countries will be at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, December 14-19 for the first-ever Fort Worth International Competition, culminating event of the 2021 Split Rock Jumping Tour (SRJT). 
'Columbus is volleyball.' NCAA Final Four will put city on global stage. 
The Columbus Dispatch
In sports, it’s easy to focus on a hit. It’s the culmination of extraordinary effort, things like a great pass or perfect setup for that smashing success. Columbus has an opportunity this month to smash one of its biggest hits in sporting history. 
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Eat. Play. Stay. Nice. 
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Recorded Webinar: NIRCA Club Running Organization & National Championship Venue Search
Sports ETA
Tune in to a recorded webinar from Wednesday, December 15 to learn more about the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA), the event types the group hosts and coordinates, and the geographic areas that are targeted for event and venue partnerships. 
Recorded Webinar: How to Win Events and Improve Community: Building Bridges Through Sports
Destinations International
Sports events are the bridge between tourism and community development. Hosting sports events to attract visitors creates many opportunities for residents to live, work and play. Join us to learn why destination organizations should expand their definition of success to embrace Community Shared Values, why sports tourism should be included in those values, and how visitors can fund sports events and facilities to help build a better community. 
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Career Center
Sports ETA 
Director of Research & Market Intelligence – Visit Albuquerque 
The purpose of this position is to optimize the economic impact of visitors to Albuquerque by collecting, developing, maintaining, and disseminating research findings, recommendations and actionable insights. 
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Sports Development Manager – Visit Winston-Salem 
Responsible for promoting and marketing the Greater Winston-Salem as a destination for sports events of all types. This position is accountable for increasing recreational and amateur sports activities by attracting sporting events and contributing to the full utilization of athletic facilities in Greater Winston-Salem. 
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Vice President of Meeting Sales & Services – Visit Fort Worth 
The Vice President of Meeting Sales and Services will be required to work independently toward the strategic goals of the team and organization. Top priorities for this role will include chartering a forward-thinking sales strategy for the destination, guiding the Sales & Services team and destination partners through various phases of a Convention Center expansion, and evaluating current sales goals, strategies, booking mechanisms, and incentives. 
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Sales Manager – Visit Fort Collins 
The Sales Manager reports to the Director of Sales. This position will be growth-oriented with a focus on providing new business opportunities for Fort Collins lodging partners. 
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Chief Financial Officer – Visit Colorado Springs 
The CFO will be responsible for developing and implementing VCOS’s asset management strategy including human and financial assets. This person will contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals while solving issues through a factual decision-making style. 
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President & CEO – Visit Rapid City 
The successful candidate will lead with a demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for building awareness of this region by advancing the organization's mission, creating new possibilities for project initiatives, fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and establishing partnerships. 
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US Trail Running Conference head to Mukilteo, Washington in 2022
Endurance Sportswire
Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference has announced that the tenth edition of the industry-leading Conference will be held in Snohomish County, Washington, in the city of Mukilteo, October 19 – 22, 2022. Snohomish County, located in northwest Washington State just 15 miles north of Seattle and 120 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, is nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Salish Sea and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. This will be the first time in the event’s ten year history that the Pacific Northwest will play host to the Conference. 
Kathy Nelson announced as new shared leader of Kansas City Sports Commission, Visit KC
Sports ETA
In partnership with Mayor Quinton Lucas, the boards of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation and Visit KC announced today that industry veteran and local community leader Kathy Nelson will serve as the leader of both organizations, effective Jan. 1, 2022. Serving as the President & CEO of the KC Sports Commission and Foundation for the last 10 years, Nelson will now provide strategic oversight to both regional organizations in the newly expanded role, helping to generate economic development for the destination through meetings, conventions, sports and tourism. 
Visit Wichita promotes within to make changes to sales, sports teams
Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita has promoted two of the organization’s existing team members to fulfill roles on the sales and sports teams, which work together to attract events, meetings and conferences to the city. Jessica Viramontez has been a member of the sales team for the past three years as a convention sales manager and is transitioning into the role of sports sales manager. Marisa Pechanec, who has been the organization’s convention sales coordinator since January 2020, is moving into Viramontez’s former role of convention sales manager. Filling the sales coordinator role is recently hired Jamie Seipel. 
The Mobile Sports Authority reports sharply increased post-COVID results
The Mobile Sports Authority
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA), the sports tourism agency for the City and County of Mobile, reported today the organization attracted, supported, and/or hosted 31 sports events during the recently completed fiscal year - FY2021 (October 1, 2020-September 30, 2021). Fiscal Year 2021, the first fiscal year post-Covid, MSA-hosted events generated an estimated $22.4 million for the Mobile area economy. 
Eight-team high school basketball showcase to debut at Hammermill MLK Weekend
Erie Sports Commission
A new high school basketball showcase will debut at Gannon University's Hammermill Center Monday, January 17. The MLK Dream Invitational will feature non-traditional matchups between eight of the region’s best teams, all featuring college recruits. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Erie, to assist in their effort to provide affordable sporting programs for students of all grades. 
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To bring out their best performance, athletes deserve the best facilities. You’ll find them in Albuquerque. We have venues for any sport, including a new, state-of-the-art indoor track. And along with our world-class facilities, athletes and spectators will enjoy Albuquerque’s authentic culture, distinctive cuisine and spectacular scenic beauty. Learn More!
Play Between the Beach and the Bay.
Whether it’s basketball, wrestling, cheer and dance – Wicomico County, Maryland is the place for indoor sports. The recently-renovated Wicomico Civic Center offers a 30,000-square-foot arena, 10,000-square-foot secondary arena, meeting rooms, locker rooms, concession stands, free parking and other amenities. Additional venues include the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore and Salisbury University. Learn More!!
Blending of sports and tourism to come to KC
A big change is coming for sports and tourism in Kansas City. The woman who attracted the NFL Draft here and kept the Big 12 Tournament is working on an even bigger project... and we're not talking about the World Cup! 
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Eastern Little League ballpark updated with Waco neighborhood grant program's surplus
Waco Tribune-Herald
A new Waco grant program’s leftover funding has paid for long overdue updates at the Waco Eastern Little League ballpark. Just under $50,000 went for repairs on the facility’s driveway and a new gravel parking lot, and another $9,900 went toward work on its bathrooms, a project that started in October and is nearly complete. Another $12,900 went toward refurbishing the pavilion at Oscar DuConge Park less than a mile away. The funding came from a new city program that offers neighborhood associations grants of up to $7,500 for small projects, beautification efforts, and neighborhood association events like parties and recruitment efforts. 
Convention center board discusses logistical sports issues
The Paducah Sun
The Carroll Convention Center board discussed the effects of sports tourism on its properties at its meeting, including taking up and putting down sports floors at the convention center and expo center and placing a more permanent structure where the Dome Pavilion is. Convention Center Executive Director Michelle Campbell told board members she wanted direction from them regarding priorities when it came to areas using sports flooring. 
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