I'd like to see this kind of thing come to fruition as well. The issue with these meet-up's seems to be getting enough people, even at the "local" levels to attend. I've been working to get one started in my local area but after a couple attempts, I gave up and looked to a different & larger area (Ashland). For now, that is what I consider to be my local area even though it is over 60 miles one way trip for me.
It would be great to have individual meet-up's on the local levels and to also have larger group meetings as well but getting the people together is the hard part. Scheduling, finances & time are all of course determining factors that make it even harder to pull these off.
Lexington had had a couple of these meet-up's out in Jacobson Park but they encounter so much resistance and harrassment it seemed and being that these things can NOT be largely promoted as they really need to be due to it then becoming a massive issue with having to have insurance as well. SO, we've learned that these meet-up's have to be promoted by word of mouth or by net, like here.
We have been running our EKOC meet up at the Golden Corral in Ashland. I've talked with the restaurant manager and he has been completely accepting of our meet-up's and has even expressed that he liked us meeting there because "if anything went down there while we were there, He'd feel alot safer with us there". That's always a great thing to hear from a store manager. *LOL*
So, with all that being said, I'm with ya on this but we need many more folks out there running local meet-up's in there areas and we need a central meet-up as well. I'll keep watching this post for additional info though.