APR 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 4 44 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS OKLAHOMA CITY IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Oklahoma City area through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. O K L A H O M A C I T Y About 20 miles south of Okla- homa City, and convenient from Will Rogers World Air- port, is the city of Norman. Here you'll find the University of Oklahoma, which offers the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the largest university-held collection of impressionist paintings in the country. "Ad- mission to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum is free, and it pro- vides a great venue for special meetings and social gather- ings," says Stefanie Brickman with the Norman CVB. The National Center for Employee Develop- ment (NCED) Conference Center and Hotel of- fers more than 32,000 square feet of event space and 964 recently refurbished guest rooms. "Our hotel and conference center boast all the amenities of a world-class resort at very reasonable prices," says Melissa Egan, director of sales, adding that the 72-acre campus has indoor and outdoor sports venues such as a fitness facility, Olympic-sized pool, walking and running tracks, and a ropes course." Additional amenities include a casual dining grill and a lounge. ■ For a special-event space with Art Deco elegance and enduring history, the Civic Center Music Hall offers several options. The dazzling Meinders Hall of Mirrors, a grand historic ballroom on the Grand Tier level, is a 5,000 square foot room with breathtaking views of the downtown sky- line. The Hall of Mirrors can host up to 300 guests seated at tables, or up to 500 seated theatre-style. ■ Norman: A University Town That Leaves An Impression Be a Cowboy The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a unique site for a special event or for a group tour. ■ Meet In The Hall Of Mirrors w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m C i v i c C e n t e r M u s i c H a l l N a t i o n a l C o w b o y M u s e u m OKLAHOMA CITY is the kind of place where you can strap on your cowboy boots and ride a mechanical bull—without shame! Venture into Bricktown to experience how the warehouse district was turned into a vibrant entertainment area. TOP PICKS: Oklahoma City CVB (800) 225-5652 "Make your next convention an overwhelming success—make Oklahoma City the place!" Cox Convention Center (405) 602-8500 "Cox Convention Center is in the center of it all in Oklahoma City— Conveniently located downtown and steps away from a vibrant entertainment district." Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel (405) 228-8000 "Whether you're a guest, a planner or event attendee, we ensure an unparalleled experience." FOLLOW UP: Norman CVB NCED Conference Center & Hotel Midwest City CVB The bar at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel. NCED 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/28/14 2:29 PM Page 44

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