JUL 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 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 44 Feel Good In Small Markets S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T Considerably smaller than larger neighbors that outline the "ABC triangle"—Atlanta, Birmingham and Chattanooga—Rome's cen- tral location in the Southeast and in North- west Georgia, its small-town feel and small- town price tag, and value-added amenities and services make it perfect for meeting planners targeting smaller markets. Rome is often praised by delegates, leisure travelers and even resident Romans for its southern hospitality and serene location in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. While easily accessible from Interstate 75, Rome has retained the charm of its Victorian downtown area and signature attractions, including Berry College, Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome Braves Baseball and more. The Forum conference center's central loca- tion in Downtown Rome lends itself as the ideal site for any group from 4 to 4,000. Adjacent to the Hawthorn Suites by Wynd- ham, the Days Inn, and the new 104-room Courtyard by Marriott (opening Spring 2015), the 83,000 square-foot facility boasts a large arena, several ballrooms, break-out spaces and reception areas, playing host to conventions, sporting events, concerts, exhibitions and more throughout the year. Adjacent to a new parking deck and Rome's Town Green urban riverfront project, the convention center provides modern conven- iences within a very historic Downtown Rome. Upon the completion of Rome's first Marriott property next year, a combined total of over 270 rooms will be available within a short walking distance of The Forum. Meetings in Rome can be as small as a board retreat or as large as an annual conference. Meet in the downtown area where delegates can stay close by and have access to one-of-a-kind local restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Meet in a more pastoral setting at beautiful Berry College's Krannert Center ballrooms. Or, choose from our list of other venue options tailored to your group. Rome has an impressive array of different meeting spaces, from the rustic to the more formal—from the large-scale to the more intimate. To help meeting planners navigate through the influx of information available in a vari- ety of different locations, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau recently re- leased an all-new Facility Guide, including information on The Forum and over 60 other rentable venues in Georgia's Rome. The ease and flexibility in organizing meetings, securing meeting spaces and creat- ing delegate itineraries has allowed Rome to rise above similarly-sized communities as a leader in small market meetings. Those considering comparable towns are always impressed with Rome's charming setting in Georgia's Historic High Country and often choose the community because of the helpful service and expertise that is encountered working alongside the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau. The experienced staff in Georgia's Rome works to recruit meeting, convention, and reunion groups, tournaments, expos and more. Their knowledge of the area and access to important resources for planners makes them the one-stop-shop for all-things-Rome. When seeking a location for your next event, consider choosing where the rivers meet and the mountains begin. You don't have to leave the country to meet in Rome. For more information on meetings and conventions in Rome, including a free digital download of the all-new Georgia's Rome Facility Guide, visit ■ Rome Offers Big City Amenities With Small-Town Ambiance, Extending Unrivaled Southern Hospitality To Meeting Groups get to know... Debbie Galloway, Sales Coordinator, Greater Rome CVB Debbie is a lifelong Roman and enjoys work- ing with meeting planners interested in coming to Georgia's Rome. Her favorite thing about the community is the warm welcome that always awaits visitors to her Northwest Georgia hometown. (706) 295-5576 Following successful revitalization efforts in decades past, historic Downtown Rome has again become the center of culture and activity in Northwest Georgia. The Forum conference center is seen to the left along the Oostanaula River. *36-53 CS JULY 2014_Layout 1 6/27/14 1:45 PM Page 44

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