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 64 including Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge and The Amara Center, that make the area a good place for a small conference or executive retreat. North Georgia Mountain Venues: • Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Young Harris): 14,000 square feet of meeting space; 102 guest rooms, 32 guest lodges • Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge (Hi- awassee): 14,000 square feet of meeting space; 66 guest rooms • The Amara Center (Clayton): 7,000 square feet of meeting space; 100-seat auditorium • Rabun County Civic Center (Clayton): 7,000 square feet of meeting space • Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Confer- ence Center (Helen): 4,600 square feet of indoor meeting space; 99 guest rooms • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen: 3,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space Statesboro In South Georgia, about 50 miles northeast of Savannah, Statesboro is home to Georgia South- ern University (GSU), which offers some of the most and most-varied meeting space in the 'Boro. Considerably more space for certain kinds of meetings and special events will be coming to Statesboro early next year. The Center for Agri- culture in Bulloch County, a $4.2 million mul- tipurpose facility currently under construction, will feature a covered main arena with 54,000 square feet and a covered practice arena with 38,500 square feet. Also expected early next year is a Home2 Suites by Hilton located next to the GSU cam- pus. GSU offers the Performing Arts Center, Cen- ter for Wildlife Education, Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center, Shooting Sports Education Cen- ter and the Garden of the Coastal Plain. Other interesting activities can be found at Blackwater Preserve, which offers hunting, fish- ing, canoeing, kayaking, camping and archery. Meinhardt Vineyards, with its award-winning wines, offers tours and a tasting bar. Statesboro Venues: • Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College: 60,000-square-foot facility; 45,000-square-foot meeting space • Nessmith-Lane Center at Georgia Southern University: 20,000 square feet of meeting space • Russell Union at Georgia Southern Uni- versity: up to 450-person capacity seated in main ballroom, up to 600 lecture-style; 443-seat tiered Union Theater; 425-person capacity Wil- liams Center Valdosta In Southwest Georgia, Valdosta has a location that makes it a convenient option for small to medium-sized conferences and events in both Georgia and Florida. It is home to the first-rate meeting facility, the James H. Rainwater Con- ference Center. This facility offers 47,000 square feet of meeting space, a 7,400-square-foot Grand Hall, nine meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor veranda overlooking a cypress lake. The facility has high-quality tech- nology and on-site dining options with extensive menus. Valdosta also offers conference attendees a charming historic downtown with The Crescent, a Neoclassical home built in 1898. The area also has exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. The Lake Park area, about 13 miles south of Valdosta, has many small lakes, the Grand Bay Wetland Education Center, Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area and Reed Bingham State Park. There are more than 30 limited-service hotels in Valdosta. n G E O R G I A "The Forum River Center is nestled in the heart of historic downtown Rome, offering beautiful event spaces to complement the surrounding river views," said Thomas Kis- lat, sales and marketing coordinator for the Greater Rome CVB. The 83,000-square-foot Forum River Center offers 34,300 square feet of flexi- ble meeting space, including a beautifully renovated Riverwalk Ballroom overlooking the Oostanaula River and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The substantial space accommodates 108 exhibitor booths, banquet seating for up to 1,000 and eight meeting rooms. The ballrooms of the Center have been renovated recently to include new carpet, lighting, drapes and event equipment. The arena, concourses and lobby areas have also been upgraded. This multidimension- al facility is the host venue for meetings, conferences, trade shows, receptions and banquets as well as concerts, sporting events and weddings. The arena can seat 3,116 for most sporting events and almost 4,000 for concerts. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Rome Contact: The Forum River Center

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