JAN 2015

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 Drive-In Destinations S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T As you plan your event, you'll discover a community eager to welcome you, entertain you, and allow you to escape into its beauty and heritage for the short time you're here. Meridian's small-town atmosphere comple- ments a passion for art crawls, historic places, and authentically local entertainment. Mean- while, in the midst of such old-fashioned hospitality are cutting-edge meeting venues. An event planner's dream, the MSU Riley Center is the perfect marriage of history and tech- nology. The restored opera house offers meeting facilities that range from a 5,000-square-foot ex- hibit hall to a 2,500-square-foot studio space to numerous smaller meeting rooms. The Center's theater provides a dramatic one-of-a-kind space to host general sessions, award ceremonies, and private entertainment performances. Alongside timeless architecture are state-of-the-art capabilities for any event you might host. The conference center's recent audio/visual upgrade brings the latest technology to the meetings industry. Completed in June, the upgrade includes 90-inch HD LCD flat-screen televisions in all breakout rooms. Meeting planners should note that the Center continues to include the use of flat screens in the meeting room rental costs. The Center also added an upgraded internet network as well as simultaneous presentation and session recording capabilities. Among all the places you might select for your event, not many are as convenient as Meridian, located at the intersection of inter- states 20 and 59 in east central Mississippi. n Meet In Meridian Steve Martin, Assistant Director, Lauderdale County Tourism A 28-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Steve has been with the Lauderdale County Tourism office since 2009. (888) 868-7720 or (601) 482-8001 contact:

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