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08/06/2020 PRIME SITE AWARD WINNER

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Utah Valley Convention Center Honored with Facilities and Destinations Prime Site Award for the Fourth Time

Utah Valley Convention Center has received the award annually since 2017

PROVO, Utah. (Aug. 05, 2020) – The Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah was presented the Facilities & Destinations Prime Site Award for the fourth year in a row. Selected by meeting industry executives, the award is given to convention facilities across the United States, Caribbean, and Canada that are considered to be some of the best environments for learning, engagement, and networking.

Managed by Spectra Venue Management, the Utah Valley Convention Center is one of 13 Spectra venues to make the Facilities and Destinations’ Prime Site Awards list for 2020. Sites chosen display a variety of factors including: convenient air accessibility, state-of-the-art amenities, and diverse and convenient hotel packages.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the fourth year in a row,” says Danny Wheeler, Convention Center General Manager. “To be recognized as one of the premier convention centers in the western United States speaks to the passion, dedication, and commitment that our team has in transforming events into experiences for our clients and guests.”

For almost 30 years, Facilities Media Group has been a leading news source for professional planners of conventions, meetings, entertainment and special events. Their premiere publications, Facilities & Destinations and Facilities & Event Management provide useful information and insightful interviews with key industry personnel.

ABOUT SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT
spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering and finance and administration.

ABOUT THE VENUE
Built in 2012, the Utah Valley Convention Center is the premiere meeting place in Utah County. The eco-friendly LEED Silver Certified building offers 83,578 sq.ft. of flexible exhibit and meeting space, a first class grand ballroom, rooftop garden with breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains, and an abundance of natural light. The Utah Valley Convention Center provides complete in-house services that include food & beverage, audio visual, internet, electrical, and tradeshow decorating services making ease and convenience for any meeting or industry planner.

06/09/2019, FACILITY WI-FI UPGRADE

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The Motion Tour Holds Reinvented Dance Competition at the Utah Valley Convention Center

Amidst COVID-19 precautions, The Motion Tour reinvents the way they orchestrate their event in order to provide a safe yet familiar way for dancers to compete.

PROVO, Utah. (June 9, 2020) – The tenth anniversary dance season for The Motion Tour has turned out to be more memorable than expected. After hosting their first 2020 competition in Idaho in February, Co-owners/Directors Madison Jackson and Shaundee Bull had no choice but to cancel their next three competitions due to COVID-19 concerns. But as state mass gathering restrictions lessened, they decided to move forward with a newly-formatted event with heightened safety precautions to give their dancers the opportunity to compete.

The reinvented competition will be held in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center on June 11-13, 2020. Approximately 1,500 dancers are expected to perform over the course of the three days. Dancers will be judged in multiple categories including: jazz, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom, and specialty numbers—any kind of mainstream style of dance. Danny Wheeler, General Manager for Spectra Venue Management at the Utah Valley Convention Center is excited to be hosting the event. “This is an unprecedented time in the events industry and we look forward to adapting and presenting a safe yet exciting event with The Motion Tour. We are well-equipped to accomplish this.”

Numerous safety precautions will be in place to keep dancers safe and to also abide by government health restrictions. Guidelines have been sent to participants ahead of time so they know what to expect. These guidelines include:

- One designated convention center entrance and one exit.
- Event credentials sent to participants for entry. The competition is not open to the public.
- Symptom and temperature checks for all participants and spectators. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
- Spectra employees at the Utah Valley Convention Center will be symptom and temperature checked and required to wear face coverings.
- All dance studios will have assigned arrival times and one studio will leave before the next one enters.
- The number of spectators allowed into the venue will be drastically limited.
- Chairs in the competition room and the dressing room will all be set at least six feet apart.
- All areas will be sanitized between groups.

Jackson and Bull feel all of these precautions were important toward the success of their event. “We felt we had to control the number of people coming in. Bringing them in one studio at a time, they do all of their numbers, and then they will exit the building.” But despite all of these precautions, Bull states they “also want the dancers to have a sense of normalcy and a weekend to just go and have fun! These studios and dancers have worked all year for this and we want them to enjoy it. We are giving them high five sticks to give each other high-fives. We want them to return them to something that they’ve worked so long to do in a familiar environment.”

But why go through all of this effort if so many other competitions have simply cancelled? Madison states, “We both grew up in this industry and we both care for and love these dancers. We want to give them this opportunity. It has taken a lot of work to reinvent the way we run a dance competition but it is worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears to see these dancers on stage this year.” Bull adds, “Our tagline for our company is ‘influencing the next generation of artists.’ There’s always a way if you’re willing to learn new things and learn new skills, grow and adapt.” Bull also states it is “definitely the first time we’re running a competition this way. It has had its share of challenges and learning curves and we have had to get creative. But we feel a big responsibility to get it right!” Wheeler adds “We are excited to get guests back into the venue and once again create an environment where we can transform events into safe, memorable experiences.”

NOTE:
The Motion Tour competition is closed to the public. The competition will be livestreamed from The Motion Tour’s website (themotiontour.net). Competition hours are Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM;
Saturday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Solos, duos, and trios will compete Thursday and into the afternoon Friday. Teams will compete Friday evening through Saturday. Media is welcome at any time by appointment and will be
admitted after temperature check and symptom screening.

ABOUT THE MOTION TOUR
The Motion Tour is a regional dance competition with events throughout the Western United States. The company was founded by Madison Jackson and Shaundee Bull on the principle to "influence the next generation
of artists." Over the past 10 years, over 20,000 dancers have crossed the stage at Motion Tour Events. The company's vision is to inspire artists in their communities and build relationships with dancers, directors and
their families in a competitive, creative and uplifting environment.

ABOUT SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT
Spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event
booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering and finance and administration.

04/29/2019, FACILITY WI-FI UPGRADE

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Spectra Installs Wi-Fi System at Utah Valley Convention Center Worthy of the Silicon Slopes

With newly upgraded Wi-Fi systems completed by ConvergeOne, Spectra Venue Management leads the industry with a robust telecommunications infrastructure at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

Provo, UT (May 14, 2019)—Unlike most other convention facilities, the Utah Valley Convention Center has from the beginning offered free public Wi-Fi for event attendees as a perk for event organizers of hosting events in the facility. This service has been further enhanced by a major facility Wi-Fi upgrade in late 2018 to create an event venue worthy of being a part of the tech-heavy Utah County corporate landscape.

The Wi-Fi upgrade included increasing the number of installed access points by 219%, exponentially increasing the capacity of event attendees’ connected devices at any given time. The change to a high density design allows users a faster, smoother, and overall better Wi-Fi experience. A critical component of the wireless network design was the use of external antennas working with access points specifically designed to boost and focus the Wi-Fi signal toward a specific area, reducing interference, and increasing the network capacity.

“With today’s current technological necessities, we believe Wi-Fi is now as integral to any event experience as lights, restrooms, and HVAC,” Danny Wheeler, General Manager of the Utah Valley Convention Center, said. “It only makes sense that it should be offered as a part of the overall facility rental rather than an additional expense that attendees or event organizers need to supplement. This is particularly crucial in our tech-heavy local industry.”

The ConvergeOne team brought years of experience to all facets of the project. Engineers collected the necessary data from site visits and wireless surveys to determine the business demands and intended goals of the new wireless network. The Project Management team ran weekly status calls to resolve ongoing issues and concerns. ConvergeOne’s team also provided post-project implementation support to tune and validate the implemented design for performance and efficiency.

Brad Martin, Regional Solutions Architect with ConvergeOne said, “ConvergeOne was excited to be a part of this project at the Convention Center. We understand the demand of the wireless network for events and were able to plan, design, and implement a high client-density environment to deliver a quality experience for the end user.”

To learn more about the Utah Valley Convention Center, visit utahvalleycc.com or call 801.851.2200.

ABOUT SPECTRA

Spectra is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

Spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering and finance and administration.

ABOUT CONVERGEONE

Founded in 1993, ConvergeOne is a leading global IT services provider of collaboration and technology solutions for large and medium enterprises with decades of experience assisting customers to transform their digital infrastructure and realize a return on investment. Over 11,000 enterprise and mid-market customers trust ConvergeOne with collaboration, enterprise networking, data center, cloud and cybersecurity solutions to achieve business outcomes. Our investments in cloud infrastructure and managed services provide transformational opportunities for customers to achieve financial and operational benefits with leading technologies. ConvergeOne has partnerships with more than 300 global industry leaders, including Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Genesys and Microsoft to customize specific business outcomes. We deliver solutions with a full lifecycle approach including strategy, design and implementation with professional, managed and support services. ConvergeOne holds more than 6,300 technical certifications across hundreds of engineers throughout North America including three Customer Success Centers. More information is available at convergeone.com.