Kansas City or Oklahoma City, both are affordable and centrally located. And Marc is right, there is ALOT of little things that go into a rally and it take about a year of planning to get it to come together. Alot of your vendors, site reps and displays (like the ford power tour) need at least a 8 month advance to schedule anything.
While true they are geographically centrally located (and close to me
), airlines don't function that way it seems. Alotta flights coming in and out have connecting flights you haveta catch. So it would be of benefit to pick a place with a larger hub, like St. Louis, Dallas, or Atlanta for examples, for ease of travel.
Course what fun is it to have a convention with no trucks?
So some place with a large local member base would be a plus. They could also help with local logistics such as where to stay, good places to meet, etc.
Nother thought is to maybe work out a package deal with a hotel/resort. Say we can get X number of people here, what kind of deal can they cut us for rooms, meals, convention hall, etc.