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In 1970 a group of 15 rink managers formed, The Metro Arena Manager’s Association. To acknowledge its growth the association renamed itself, The Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA) in 1975.  Over these years the mission of the association has never wavered from its original mission, to provide a network where arena operators and suppliers can share in their knowledge, information, ideas, and techniques to improve the ice arena industry.   

This year marks the 40thAnnual Fall Conference that will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd. Whether you’re taking one of the STAR or ISI Certified courses being offered or listening in on one of the many round table sessions this year’s conference promises to be an exciting and fulfilling time.  

Guest Speakers include, Joe Malarkey, which will make you forget about your rink problems for a while, Lou Nanne, do I need to say more, and Jerrid Sebesta, award winning TV (KARE 11) meteorologist, motivational speaker, and financial life coach.   To review all the information regarding the conference go to www.miama.org

The annual Fall Conference is a great time to reflect back and look ahead. Get your registration in and gear up for Breezy Point September 9-11th as you need to be part of our 40th year benchmark.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who assisted in bringing this year’s conference together, without the help of many this event would be just a shell. Shaping the Fall Conference each year offers a neat challenge and I recommend that you give it a try in the future.  Joining and working on a committee is always a good way to give back to the association and a great chance to learn a different angle within the industry that you can take back to your own work place.

I would also like to say thank you to the board members. This was my second stint on the board, one when I was just getting into the business a few years back, and my current that will end this fall .  Both terms were very educational, fun, and entertaining.  I would recommend anyone, rookies and veterans alike, to take the time and become a board member.  It’s well worth the time.   

Rich Czech 

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The 2015 Minnesota legislative session appropriated $2 million for improvements to ice hockey arenas in another round of Mighty Ducks funding. The new round of Mighty Ducks grants will be administered by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC.)

The legislature directed the MASC to focus the grants on eliminating the use of R-22 refrigerant and improving the indoor air quality of arenas.

The legislation stipulates grants for the rehabilitation or renovation of equipment to improve air quality may not exceed $200,000. Grants for the rehabilitation or renovation necessary to eliminate R-22 may not exceed $50,000 for indirect cooling systems and may not exceed $400,000 for direct cooling systems.

The grants will require a minimum dollar-for-dollar match from non-state funding sources.

MASC will publish new grant application documents on its website by August 1, 2015. It is expected that the deadline for applications will be in October.

Last year, the MASC awarded 11 grants totaling $1.5 million. Communities that received Mighty Ducks grants last year included Austin, Champlin, East Grand Forks, International Falls, New Hope, Sartell, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Winona, and the Dassel-Cokato and Kittson Central School Districts.



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July Monthly Board Member Update

With the summer months finally here, for some of us it could mean tackling those projects that have been put off all year long. Make sure you take some time and walk around your rink to figure out what maintenance projects need your attention. Remember to talk with your full and part time staff. They are a good resource for ideas about what may need to be addressed in your facility. Hopefully everyone had a successful ice season!!

The 40th Annual MIAMA Fall Conference is just a couple short months away, September 8th-11th at the wonderful Breezy Point Resort in Breezy Point, Minnesota. The committee has been working hard to give you a conference you won’t want to miss. Guest speakers include: Lou Nanne, Joe Marlarkey and Jerrid Sebesta. The board has put together a very strong conference lineup for the membership. MIAMA is happy to say we will be offering both ISI and STAR courses this year. ISI will be offering their Certified Arena Operator (CAO) and STAR will be offering Human Resource Management. You won’t want to miss our special 40th Annual event. The Boat Cruise with special guest Lou Nanne to tell some great stories. The first 90 attendees to register and pay will be allowed on the boat. So please don’t miss out on this great event. We will round out this conference with some great breakout sessions that include: options to dehumidifying your building, Life in a pro arena and Disaster Recovery just to name a few.

You can go to miama.org to register or get forms. Please don’t miss out registration deadline is August 1st, 2015 without late fees.

Final registration deadline is August 7th, 2015 with late fees attached.

No registrations will be taken after August 7th, 2015

Please sign up early.

Hope to see many of you at Fall Conference.

Troy Ciernia , MIAMA Board Member

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