2020 Annual Conference

MASBO Annual Conference and Trade Show
May 6-8, 2020
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Mayo Civic Center

MASBO is excited to hold our 2020 Annual Conference in Rochester. The general format and events will be similar to our previous conferences, and we are looking forward to sharing all that Minnesota’s third largest city has to offer.

Location

The conference will be held at the Mayo Civic Center, which has recently finished a major expansion. This state-of-the-art facility provides ample, functional and beautiful space for our conference.

Hotels

There are two conference hotels—the Kahler Grand and Kahler Inn and Suites, located just a few blocks from the Civic Center, with both indoor and outdoor walking options to the Civic Center. The Kahler Grand is currently undergoing a huge renovation, to be completed in time for the conference.

FAQ

Why are we leaving Duluth?
Duluth has been a great option for our Annual Conference, but the DECC has a longstanding agreement to host a large community event, and some years this interferes with our conference dates. This reduces the space that is available for our conference and trade show on those years.

There has also been some feedback from our members that for some in the southern and western parts of the state, the distance to Duluth is prohibitive. Our hope is that by alternating the conference between these sites, it will allow more access to the conference, for more of our members.

Why did we ever leave Breezy Point?
We simply outgrew the space as our attendance grew. We didn’t have enough rooms for breakouts, and most of the breakout rooms were too small. We even had to have two seatings for dinner, as the dining space was too small! Every year we filled all of the available lodging at Breezy Point, requiring attendees to stay up to 20 miles away from the conference.

Why was Rochester chosen?

  • Rochester has a new, beautiful convention center. There is plenty of space to hold our conference events, and it is super nice!
  • There will be just two conference hotels—the Kahler Grand and the Kahler Inn & Suites, helping to make attendees feel more connected. There is just a short walk to the convention center.
  • Downtown Rochester has lots of options for dine-around restaurants, plus other entertainment and shopping.

Were other options considered?
St. Cloud was considered, but although it has a relatively new convention center that could accommodate our breakouts and trade show, there are not enough sleeping rooms in the immediate downtown area, so attendees would still need to drive in from several miles away, or take a shuttle. This is the same situation in Mankato. There is not another resort that is big enough for our event, and we purposely stayed away from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis due to cost and logistics for attendees.

Future Conference Dates

  • May 12-14, 2021 Duluth
  • May 4-6, 2022 Rochester
  • May 10-12, 2023 Duluth

Registration for lodging, exhibitors and conference attendees will open in early 2020. 

Questions? Contact Connie Nordquist, MASBO Executive Director.



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