OCT 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 60 G E O R G I A Engaging places for receptions and/or team-building exercises include the longest urban whitewater course in the world; the 2.5-mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk; the Springer Opera House, the State Theater of Georgia; the Na- tional Infantry Museum and Soldier Center; the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Co- lumbus; Columbus Black History Museum and Archives; the Coca-Cola Space Science Center; and the Columbus Botanical Garden. Coming to Columbus by the end of 2018 is Westville, a museum of Southern history and culture with buildings and artifacts dating to the 19th century. Columbus Venues: • Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center: 182,000 square feet of meeting space; 22,000-square-foot ballroom • Columbus Civic Center: 10,000-seat arena National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center: 190,000-square-foot facility; 13,500-square-foot ballroom; 289-seat IMAX Theater • Cunningham Center Conference Center: 5,432-square-foot banquet hall; on CSU campus • University Hall Auditorium: 800-seat auditorium; 1,200-square-foot stage; on CSU campus • Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center: 220-person capacity Founders Hall; 106-seat auditorium; on CSU campus • RiverCenter for the Performing Arts: 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre; 450-seat Legacy Hall; 150-seat Studio Theatre Dalton Dalton lies among the rolling foothill country of north Georgia between Atlanta and Chattanooga, offering the sizable 143,000-square-foot Dalton Convention Center and more than 1,000 hotel rooms. A great town for history buffs, Dalton has a downtown featuring restored historic architec- ture and various historic markers and monuments. The Civil War Railroad Tunnel Tour offers a walk through the 1,477-foot-long Historic West- ern & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel built in 1850 and the Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia at Dalton State College has artifacts and archives related to the history and culture of the region. The last few years have seen the opening of a number of new restaurants: Dalton Distillery, Cherokee Brewing and Pizza, and Crescent City Tavern. The Creative Arts Guild is home to two galleries, a small performance/exhibition hall and the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden. Dalton Venues: • Dalton Convention Center: 43,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space • Ryman Hall: seating capacity for 350 • Trevitt Hall: seating capacity for 170 • Creative Arts Guild: capacity for 100; art displays Forsyth/Monroe County Forsyth, about 25 miles north of Macon, is the county seat and home to the Monroe County Conference Center, an event facility with more than 20,000 feet of conference and meeting room space. The city has been featured in films and TV shows. Most recently, "Baby Driver" filmed here, as has "Anchorman 2: The Legend Con- tinues" and "Fried Green Tomatoes." Forsyth is home to the Johnston family of TLC's "7 Little Johnstons." Forsyth has several small, limited-service hotels and a new Hampton Inn is expected to open by the end of the year. The city's convenient location, centrally located in the state along a major interstate, as well as its conference center, historic downtown and Hollywood allure, make it a great option for small meetings. Macon Macon's hotel community has expanded, with four new hotels and a new downtown 140-room Hyatt Place with retail space and a restaurant currently under development, according to Visit Macon contacts. The new properties will expand Macon's hotel room inventory to nearly 6,000. Macon has a large convention center, coliseum and auditorium, collectively known as the Macon Centreplex; an extraordinary musical heritage; Mercer University and the remarkable Ocmulgee National Monument. Also, the Ocmulgee River runs along down- town Macon, providing great options for group activities, according to the Visit Macon staff. "Two team-building activities we suggest are group kayaking on the Ocmulgee River with Ocmulgee Expeditions and experiencing an es- cape room at the Situation Room," said Kimberly Payne-Ward, director of sales. Macon's museums include: • Hay House – a seven-level Italian Renais- sance Revival mansion built in the mid-1800s • Tubman Museum – the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to African-American art, history and culture • Museum of Arts & Sciences – arts and sci- ence exhibitions, a planetarium, a mini-zoo and more • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – more than 3,000 artifacts Mural in Forsyth

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