UMCVB Fall Conference Agenda

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (Pre-Conference)

Time TBD | Dark Park Viewing

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

The Middle Fork River Forest Preserve is the only destination in Illinois to be names an International Dark Sky Park. Attendees who arrive early and would like to observe the stars ar invited to join us for a private viewing with the parks education team.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (Conference Day 1)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration located in the Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Exhibitor Set-Up located in the Ballroom Foyer

9:00 am – 11:30 am | Pre-Conference Sessions

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2:00 pm – 2:15 pm | Conference Welcome located in the Illinois Ballroom

Welcome to the 25th annual UMCVB Fall Conference!

Presented by: Brent Cory, President & CEO of Enjoy Eagan and the UMCVB Board President

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm | Opening Keynote located in the Illinois Ballroom

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Presented by: Leonard Hoops, President and CEO of Visit Indy

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm | Break & Visit Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | General Session located in the Illinois Ballroom

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4:30 pm – 5:15 pm | First Timers Program and Mixer

Join Tempest and the UMCVB Board in a welcome reception to first time attendees. All are welcome to come and network.

Thank you to our sponsor:

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm | Travel to Opening Reception

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Opening Reception at Memorial Stadium

We are going to start the conference out with a bang at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the pride of Fighting Illini Football. Conference attendees will be able to experience our very own UMCVB tailgate party just steps from the host hotel. We will have food trucks, entertainment, and a couple of surprises in store.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (Conference Day 2)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm | Registration located in the Ballroom Foyer

7:30 am – 8:30 am | Breakfast Buffet located in the Illlinois Ballroom

8:30 am – 8:40 am | Welcome & Announcements located in the Illinois Ballroom

8:40 am – 9:00 am | Mini Keynote A located in the Illinois Ballroom

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9:10 am – 9:30 am | Mini Keynote B located in the Illinois Ballroom

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9:30 am – 9:40 am | Break & Visit Exhibitors

9:40 am – 10:25 am | Concurrent Sessions 1

1A in Technology

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1B in Lincoln

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1C in Alma Mater

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1D in Quad

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10:25 am – 10:35 am | Break & Visit Exhibitors

10:35 am – 11:20 am | Concurrent Sessions 2

2A in Technology

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2B in Lincoln

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2C in Alma Mater

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2D in Quad

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11:20 am – 11:30 am | Break & Visit Exhibitors

11:30 am – 12:00 pm | Bureau Innovation Presentations <$350,000 Annual Budget located in the Illinois Ballroom

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Lunch Buffet located in the Illlinois Ballroom

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Bureau Innovation Presentations >$350,000 Annual Budget located in the Illinois Ballroom

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Award Presentations located in the Illinois Ballroom

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm | Break & Visit Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Concurrent Sessions 3

3A in Technology

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3B in Lincoln

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3C in Alma Mater

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3D in Quad

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2:15 pm – 2:25 pm | Break & Visit Exhibitors

2:25 pm – 3:10 pm | Concurrent Sessions 4

4A in Technology

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4B in Lincoln

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4C in Alma Mater

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4D in Quad

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3:10 pm – 3:30 pm | Break & Visit Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm | Visit Champaign Experience Tours

Experience ART

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Experience BEER

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Experience NATURE

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5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Downtown Champaign Pre-Dinner Party

The Virginia Theatre

Attendees will all come together at The Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign after the tours. This historic theatre is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. Guest can admire the architecture, enjoy the entertainment, or pose with a statue of Roger Ebert before heading out to dinner and to explore the rest of Downtown Champaign just steps away.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm | Dine Around Champaign – dinner on your own

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm | Downtown Champaign Meet-Up

After dinner, come join us at Pour Bros Craft Taproom in Downtown Champaign for some networking and after dinner drinks. Pour Bros. is a locally owned, family operated taproom featuring pour your own craft beer, a game room, and live music.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (Conference Day 3)

7:00 am – 12:00 pm | Registration located in the Ballroom Foyer

7:30 am – 8:30 am | Breakfast Buffet located in the Illlinois Ballroom

8:30 am – 8:40 am | Welcome & Announcements located in the Illinois Ballroom

8:40 am – 9:45 am | Morning Keynote located in the Illinois Ballroom

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9:45 am – 10:00 am | Break & Visit Exhibitors

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Closing Keynote located in the Illinois Ballroom

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11:00 am – 11:15 am | 2023 Welcome Presentation located in the Illinois Ballroom

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11:15 am – 11:30 am | Conference Closing located in the Illinois Ballroom