The Convention Industry Council, McLean, Va., has unanimously approved the work of the first two of the Accepted Practices Exchange initiatives — Terminology and History/Post Event Reports — a major milestone for the project.

The Terminology Panel's Industry Glossary is now available online — a valuable resource for planners looking for help cutting through industry jargon. The searchable database can be a quick reference when the chef is suggesting a “granitee,” the AV company wants an opinion on “gobos,” or the hotel wants to know if a “union set-up” is acceptable. These and 3,777 other entries can be found at http://glossary.conventionindustry.org. The entries can be searched by term or examined in any of 18 category groupings, from accounting to technology to utilities. If you don't find what you want, you can submit words or terms to be added to the glossary in the future.

The CIC also approved the History/Post Event Panel's accepted practices. From the CIC Web site, a post-event report template can be downloaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, with instructions for use and recommendations for best practices.

APEX is working on accepted practices in five additional areas: resumes and work orders (the final report is due in early 2004); requests for proposal; housing and registration; meeting and site profiles; and contracts. City discussion groups continue to meet throughout North America.

In other APEX news, the fund-raising effort, Campaign for APEX, hit the $1 million mark in September and shortly thereafter announced two major corporate gifts: a $50,000 donation from The Freeman Cos., Dallas, and a $25,000 donation from Passkey International, Quincy, Mass. The goal of the campaign is $1.9 million.