Medical Meeting Must Haves

blood-pressure-cuff-stockWhether you work the medical meetings market, are in the medical field or have ever seen a medical practitioner you might wonder what is happening in the world of medicine.

By 2018, 9.5 trillion dollars will be spent in the healthcare industry – 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, according to Pat Schaumann, CMP, and Smart Meetings. With an aging population, this dollar figure will continue to increase, rapidly. More adults are being treated at home. Think about it, the fastest growing segment of treatment in America are wearable devices – look at your wrist. The wearable fitness device like a Fitbit or a Garmin is the latest trend in self-regulating your health. Continue reading

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Hiking Boots Not Required

sweet-creek-falls-in-autumn-by-david-putzierI had an opportunity to recently speak at a national conference.  The criteria was to speak for five minutes with a 20 slide presentation on a topic that we are passionate about.  So I shared a presentation on why I live where I live – Eugene, Oregon and entitled it “Hiking Boots not Required.”  Within an hour or less of leaving my driveway I can be at a waterfall, actually there are more than 20 of them.  I wanted them to know that accessing these points of beauty is not difficult, thus the title.  And, for the presentation I wanted them to just sit back, relax and enjoy the slide show.  Continue reading

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Breaking Ground – New Meeting Space at the University of Oregon

Doors opened in July on the newly renovated University of Oregon Conference Services’ space at the Erb Memorial Student Union. The new meeting facility has an atmosphere of forward thinking and collaboration among groups looking for that perfect venue. This space will inspire sustainable thinking by example. It’s certain to obtain a LEED certification of Gold, but aggressively striving for Platinum.

Take a look at the pictures from concept to construction and beyond.

UPDATED JUNE 2016 – EMU Renovation

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The Tech Connection: Welcome to the #EugeneTech Switchboard

The Eugene Tech community is a budding vibrant one that actively supports the efforts of the many to strengthen the community as a whole. Innovation by connection isn’t something we aspire to. It’s something we achieve. What’s stopping you from bringing and engaging your next meeting or conference to this forward-thinking destination of Eugene Tech? So go ahead and put your idea on the switchboard and start connecting now. What are you waiting for?

Eugene Tech is making great strides. With businesses such as:

  • Fertilab Thinkubator – a co-working space for early-stage entrepreneurship

    talking tech at an industry event at Venue 252

    Mark Davis of Eugene Tech talking tech at an industry event at Venue 252 – Courtesy of Eugene Tech

  • IDX – a leading provider of real estate search applications, was named to “The Top 100 Best Places to Work in 2015” by Outside Magazine
  • Concentric Sky – a software design & development studio who has designed for clients like National Geographic, Khan Academy, and the United Nations
  • Silicon Shire – a business directory that offers technology businesses the supportive infrastructure to build and grow their business
Mayor Piercy of Eugene

Mayor Piercy of Eugene – Courtesy Eugene Tech

Eugene was even named one of the top 10 cities for new tech jobs by Fast Company. It’s more than budding, it has blossomed into a major part of the economic diversity of the region.  Over 400 businesses, 4400 jobs and $328 million payroll for Lane County in 2015. Tech connections are not just for our enjoyment. It produces an innovative and engaging environment where people can live, learn, and create.

To connect with someone in the past you had to call the switchboard. Today that connection is closer than a phone call, it’s the click of a button and a few typed words. Here in the Silicon Shire, the switchboard has come to mean something different.
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Next Meeting Stop – Pinot Bingo

King Estate from Highest Point - Courtesy of King Estate

King Estate from Highest Point – Courtesy of King Estate

A conference or meeting in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region presents opportunities like no other. With top rate facilities and a diversity of hotels to fit every need, you can’t help but be delighted with the area. The natural beauty is world renowned, as is the friendliness of the people. Another benefit of hosting your next conference in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is the wine. And what better way to experience wine than with Pinot Bingo. Continue reading

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Next Meeting Stop – Natural Wonders

What’s the first thing you do when you discover where your next meeting is going to be? You look up all the exciting activities the area has to offer and in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region we have a little bit of everything. Natural wonders are top of the list when it comes to our area and we would like to share some of the highlights that you should check out while you’re here for your next meeting, retreat or conference.

Spencer Butte Panoramic by Jessica Shefferman

Spencer Butte by Jessica Shefferman

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Oregon Through Natural and Cultural History

Sabertooth SalmonTo truly know a place, you must first look into its history. Discover where its people came from, what lived there before them. At your next meeting  or convention, why don’t you do just that? At the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) at the University of Oregon, they take you into the natural history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, giving you a peek into what lived here before people and what came next. Meetings Nerds will love the museum’s 10,000-year-old shoes. Or, you’ll be a Meeting Genius for incorporating this on a tour of the area.  Continue reading

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The Moving Wall is Coming to Eugene

Moving Wall - 158,000 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice over the course of two decades in response to the Vietnam War. 700 of those Americans were from Oregon and 75 of them were from Lane County. These numbers, though great, fail to show the great impact that the Vietnam War had on millions of families, communities and nations.

A half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC, “The Moving Wall” was made to share with those who don’t have the opportunity to visit Washington and give them the chance to take part in this shared experience. At 253 feet long, “The Moving Wall” consists of 74 six-foot tall aluminum panels. The names are printed in chronological order based on the date of casualty, including 1,300 names of unaccounted-for POWs and MIAs. Continue reading

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A Look Inside the Oregon Coast Military Museum

Courtesy of the Oregon Coast Military Museum

The Oregon Coast Military Museum is a museum of many colors. Open to the public in July 2015, the museum has dioramas , open space and a dedication to education that is unmatched. With a stated mission of “Honoring Our Veterans by Educating Our Public,” this museum can handle afternoon tours, special group tours or host your evening reception up to 60 people. Learn more about the magic that occurs daily at the Oregon Coast Military Museum. Continue reading

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Six Ways to Experience Eugene

LANE COUNTY Eugene from Skinner Butte 11.17.12Eugene, Oregon is a one of a kind destination to bring your next meeting or conference. With adventures waiting in all directions, we understand that sometimes you don’t have enough time to take it all in. Learn six different ways you can experience Eugene in bite size nuggets when you’re here for your next weekend conference.



eugene-ale-trail-20161. Eugene Ale Trail & Pinot Bingo – The Eugene Ale Trail spotlights our region’s top breweries. The close proximity between many of the craft beer tasting rooms makes it uniquely easy to pub crawl Oregon’s renowned micro-brews. NEW: For a fun, interactive way to tour South Willamette Valley Wine Country, join in Pinot Bingo. Continue reading

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