I first visited Minneapolis in 1984 for the American Society of Association Executives convention and was struck by how "cool" the city was. A New Yorker at the time, it was hard for me to imagine any Midwest city earning that appellation. Twenty years later, and now a New Englander, I returned this summer to Minneapolis for another ASAE convention. Both the city and I had matured, but Minneapolis was still cool. Perhaps the best illustration is the 255-room, 21-story Le Meridien hotel, ...

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