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APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact HUNTSVILLE EDITOR'S HOT PICKS U.S. Space & Rocket Center Think Like A Rocket Scientist Known as the father of the Amer- ican space program, Wernher von Braun would have cele- brated his 100th birthday on March 23, 2012. To learn more about the achievements of von Braun, visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. ■ { www.con v entionsouth.com A legislative measure could relax open- container laws for designated entertainment districts in Huntsville. The action could help turn the idea for pedestrian-friendly streets into a reality. Several business owners in the downtown community think this law could impact the meetings industry and tourism in terms of creating a space where you can meet and entertain groups. ■ } Newly Renovated Von Braun The largest facility in the Huntsville area, the Von Braun Center, the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall and the Propst Arena completed a comprehensive $31 million renovation project in 2011, said Charles Winters of the Huntsville/Madison CVB. The cen- terʼs meeting rooms range from 360 square feet up to 3,330 square feet and can accommodate from 25 to 315 per room. The 23,000-square-foot North Hall can be divided into three separate areas and is complete with chandeliers, carpet and oak trim. The 100,000-square-foot South Hall features 82,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, along with a 20,000-square-foot lobby and pre- function area. "We have our own audio/visual services, in-house catering and exhibitor serv- ices," said Director of Sales and Marketing Marie Arighi. "And with more than 700 rooms within walking distance of the center, itʼs quite conven- ient for groups of all sizes." ■ The Von Braun Center HUNTSVILLE is a hot spot for business-focused meetings as the destination is a hub for corporate and government activities. Even its largest attraction, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center has education at the heart of its message to visitors. Match this with its central location within the Southeast, and Huntsville becomes one of the smartest desti- nations to select for meetings. TAKE A STROLL DOWN COTTON ROW: The Cotton Row Restaurant is a fine-dining establishment nestled on the southwest corner of down- town Huntsvilleʼs Courthouse Square. Experience Huntsvilleʼs past as the three-story brick building that houses the restaurant was built in 1821 as part of the cotton exchange. And, as the folks at the restaurant will tell you, theyʼre inspired by the enduring passion of the cotton traders who once worked in downtown Huntsville. Attendees will love the pan-seared Gulf Trigger- fish with Florida Rock Shrimp risotto and ratatouille. www.cottonrowrestaurant.com Follow up with these CVBs: Huntsville/Madison County CVB (256) 551-2334 www.huntsville.org "We've Got Space for Your Meeting! Have an out of this world conference in The Rocket City, Huntsville, Alabama." Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the Huntsville area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more. APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 45

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