Event Snapshot: The 10th Annual Skyway Open Golf Tournament

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The Minneapolis Downtown Council scored a hole-in-one with an event so unique and fun that people of all ages participated. The 10th Annual Skyway Open Golf Tournament featured an innovative yet challenging miniature golf course designed by local architects and contractors throughout a portion of downtown Minneapolis’ skyway system. This year’s design theme was “Minneapolis: America’s Most Livable City” and took place Feb. 26-28.

“When you have [the skyway] that is so internationally unique, it’s great to celebrate it with fun activities,” says Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council. “The Skyway Open not only accentuates our appreciation how our downtown buildings and community connect together, but it also offers a chance to embrace two other elements that are very Minnesotan: winter and golf.”

The Skyway Open was a great opportunity for family time or colleagues to network while also benefiting the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan goal to end street homelessness.

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Associations North, the association for associations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, infused excitement, creativity and innovation into its one-day Meeting Planners Symposium on Nov. 9 at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis with its open layout, new room sets, quick 30-minute sessions, hub groups and more. Keynote speaker Tamara G. Kleinberg disrupted the status quo with her “Think Sideways” presentation that introduced new tools to and generate inventive ideas.