OCT 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 18 State-of-the-art technology wrapped in historic elegance—that's the MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, a distinctive meetings venue at the heart of the Southeast in Meridian, Mississippi. The Riley Center, a versatile conference and performing-arts facility, occupies a set of grand buildings constructed in 1889 and carefully restored a century later. The graceful architecture sets the stage for the understated opulence of the interior. The rich ambience conveys to all atten- dees that this is indeed a special meeting worthy of such a special place. The Riley Center works hard to stay on the cutting edge of audio and visual technology, and recently completed a major technological upgrade. Each room features a 90-inch high-def- inition LCD display, a Blu-ray DVD player, a Peavey MediaMatrix control and sound system, a high-speed wireless network, live Internet streaming, integrated presentation/recording capabilities, and the ability to videoconference— including videoconferencing from room to room within the Riley Center. The facility even offers production, duplication, and broadcasting capa- bilities, theatrical lighting and sound, and full technical consultation and assistance. The staff at the Riley Center prices itself on delivering spectacular service. The Conference Sales Manager works with conference planners on everything from food and beverages to trans- portation and lodging. The staff also includes a full-time Conference Event Planner who can coordinate entertainment, décor, and anything else that's required. As a special bonus, the Riley Center staff can arrange for tickets to any concert, theater per- formance, dance production, comedy show, or other event that takes place at the center during the meeting. The MSU Riley Center stands in historic downtown Meridian, a central location that's easily accessed by air, road, and even rail. Inter- state highways 20 and 59 intersect here. Several excellent restaurants are within an easy walk, including Mississippi's oldest, Weidmann's, a casually upscale establishment that has been a delicious tradition since 1870. Just across the street from the Riley Center is Dumont Plaza, a green oasis perfect for a quick fresh-air-and- sunshine break. Meridian has a full range of lodging properties to suit every budget and amenities preference. The Riley Center can make any necessary in-town transportation arrangements. ■ Historic MSU Riley Center Offers State-of-the-Art Meeting Spaces Ahhhmazing Spaces & Places! s p o n s o re d c o n t e n t Michele Thames, Conference Sales Manager, MSU Riley Center In keeping with our extraordinary space, we provide first-class service from the time you arrive until the time you leave. (601) 696-2203 get to know:

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