OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 51 land Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, with 100 guest rooms and 3,800 square feet of event space and Best Western River Cities, with meet- ing space for up to 100. Carrollton Located on the Ohio River about half way be- tween the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area and Louisville, Carrollton offers planners and event attendees "fiddling, food, fishing and fun," with a host of music performances, outdoor attrac- tions, and annual events, according to the Car- rollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission. The commission notes that there are 423 metro area lodging rooms. General Butler State Resort Park has a 53- room lodge and guest rooms and 22 one- to three-bedroom cottages. According to Kentucky State Parks, a state-of-the-art conference center is next to the lodge with event facilities for up to 700 people, including several meeting rooms and a covered terrace. The lodge has meeting rooms for small groups. Morehead Morehead is in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau. Located downtown, Morehead Confer- ence Center is a 32,000-square-foot facility with three meeting rooms and two large exhibit rooms for group events of up to 1,800 people. Just a few blocks away, Morehead State University has a variety of classroom and other meeting spaces. A Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, and Days Inn offer limited meeting facilities. Mount Sterling & Montgomery County Mount Sterling is a town rich in history, with a host of annual events that bring thousands to town, including the annual Quilt Trail and Court Day, Kentucky's oldest festival. According to Mount Sterling Tourism, the 70-room Ramada Inn Limited Conference Cen- ter can host up to 180 for dinners. The 61-room Fairfield Inn has meeting space for up to 30. Clay Community Center offers video and teleconfer- encing with theater-style seating for up to 1,000. Other facilities include Camp McKee, which can accommodate up to 600 for dinners or up to 900 for amphitheater presentations; Old Silo Golf Course and Restaurant, which can seat up to 250; and Gateway Regional Arts Center, with banquet seating for up to 150. n K E N T U C K Y With a convenient location in the east end of Louisville, conference facilities on the Shel- byHurst Campus of the University of Louis- ville offer an ideal location for a conference, business meeting, board retreat or banquet. "We include many extras in our rental price that most venues charge for," said Conference Center Director Terry Thomp- son, "including ample free parking, A/V equipment (including screens, projectors and microphones) and wireless internet for every event. As planners know, this can add up to very significant savings." Thompson also notes that the conference center is an ACCED-I Certified One-Stop Shop. "We make events easy by providing planners with a single point of contact, a single contract and a single bill for all services provided at our center. It's a level of service that more closely matches that provided by hotels and convention facilities." Located 20 minutes from Louisville International Airport, the campus is easily accessible to I-64 and offers facilities for as many as 500 guests, with 12 rooms totaling more than 16,000 square feet. Outdoor space is available for quick breaks between meet- ings, which is a very popular feature for event attendees. "Our guests love the park-like setting here," Thomas said. "We frequently get comments about how peaceful it is." Meeting space is spread across two buildings on campus: the recently renovated Burhans Hall, which includes an executive boardroom with seating for up to 14, and Founders Union, with a 5,500-square-foot ballroom (divisible by two) and seven meet- ing rooms that can accommodate up to 125 guests in classroom-seating arrangements. In addition to the meeting and event spaces and the services offered, there are two hotels within walking distance of ShelbyHurst Campus, and a total of over 300 sleeping rooms within approximately one mile of campus. Thompson said her goal for Event and Conference Services is not just to provide meeting space, but to be a partner with and a resource for meeting and event planners. They offer free resources to planners, such as event budget templates and planning check- lists, and have even begun hosting roundtable discussions for planners to learn and share best practices. "Most of all," Thompson add- ed, "I'm proud of the exceptional customer service we provide. We send a post-event survey to every single client and team mem- bers are often recognized by name for going above and beyond. Our average score for the facilities is 4.8 and, even better, our average score for quality of customer service is 4.95. I think that says it all!" n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : University of Louisville Events & Conference Center Contact: Founders Union Hall

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