TCF Center teams with Premier Event Technology to offer virtual, hybrid events

While it waits for the return of large events and conventions in its halls, TCF Center has found a new way to make them a reality.

It’s teamed up with Rochester Hills-based Premier Event Technology LLC to coordinate virtual events that pair its expertise with TCF’s in-house television studio and bandwidth capabilities 10 gigabytes of bandwidth.

It began marketing the virtual and hybrid events last month.

For TCF, those events are likely to be a loss leader, General Manager Claude Molinari said.

It will get some revenue from leasing space to any organizations opting to host a virtual event and 15 percent of the online events revenue under a revenue-sharing agreement with Premier, he said.

But the virtual offerings are really about “maintaining the relationship with our customers, staying relevant and frankly, helping customers to stay in business,” he said.

“If they go out of business before this pandemic ends,

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How should a premier magnet school boost Black and Latino enrollment? A suggested lottery spurs fierce debate.

Aware of the problem, several previous administrators tried to alter the admissions system, but none of their efforts yielded concrete results. For many — although not for the handful of Black and Latino students and graduates — the issue faded into the background until this summer, when protests over the murder of George Floyd began to spread nationally. Around the same time, the Fairfax school system released numbers showing that Thomas Jefferson’s Class of 2024 included less than 10 Black students.

Those twin events led to a huge spike in activism, as students and alumni formed action groups, began sharing their own experiences with racism at TJ and lobbied school leaders to take action. Again and again, they rehashed the statistics: In 2019-2020, mirroring years-long trends, the student body of roughly 1,800 was 70 percent Asian, 20 percent White, 2.6 percent Hispanic and less than 2 percent Black.

A few

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Saranas Awarded Technology Breakthroughs Contract With Premier

Saranas, Inc., developer of the Early Bird® Bleed Monitoring System designed for early detection of internal bleed complications during endovascular procedures, has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier Inc., as part of Premier’s Technology Breakthroughs program. This new agreement, effective November 1, 2020, will allow Premier’s network of over 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems to receive special pricing and access to the Early Bird – the first and only device on the market that provides accurate and actionable bleed detection, enabling effective intervention before the patient shows symptoms or recovery is impacted.

“The Early Bird has the potential to significantly reduce the severity of bleeding complications, which can occur during and after endovascular procedures. These complications are dangerous for patients and costly to the healthcare system,” said Saranas President and CEO James Reinstein. “We are honored to be recognized by Premier’s Technology Breakthroughs program and are

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