JUL 2014

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J U L Y 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 35 S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Feel Good In Small Markets As you plan your event, you'll discover a com- munity 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 complements a passion for art crawls, historic places, and authentically local entertainment. Meanwhile, 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 technology. The restored opera house offers meeting facilities that range from a 5,000- square-foot exhibit 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 plan- ners should note that the Center continues to in- clude the use of flat screens in the meeting room rental costs. The Center also added an upgraded internet network as well as simultaneous presen- tation 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. ■ 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 get to know... *18-35 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 1:03 PM Page 35

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