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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 47 Georgia's east/west midsection offers classic southern ambiance, three prominent riverside cities, at least a half-dozen universities and, in Statesboro, a lively small town with surprising offerings. n Middle Georgia I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By T. Wayne Waters Boa ting Do wn The Canal Bo a t t o ur s a lo ng t he A ug ust a Ca na l o f f e r a p le a sa nt p e r sp e c t iv e o n t he wa t e r wa y. ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Nicely located about 60 miles by the interstate from Savannah, about 125 from Macon, and only 45 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Statesboro, Ga., is a great location for a small conference. With more than 26 meeting spaces offering a total of over 250,000 square feet of meeting space, much of it at various Georgia Southern Univer- sity facilities, and nearly 1,100 hotel rooms, Statesboro can accommodate sizeable events —and provide engaging recreation, as well. Another Statesboro meeting space is slated to open January 2016 in the Natural Re- sources building on the Ogeechee Tech campus. The new Ogeechee Technical College Conference Center's auditorium will be able to accommodate up to 500 attendees and also have classroom space available. The campus also has additional meeting space. "We have a beautiful little downtown and some wonderful restaurants, a great winery and a new brewery," said Heidi Jeffers, Executive Director of the Statesboro CVB. "The Statesboro CVB staff can provide all sorts of information and services to groups or businesses visiting. We love to help. Southern hospitality is alive and well in Statesboro." n Statesboro: Raptor Center, Winery, Brewery & Southern Hospitality Aplenty The Averitt Center for the Arts in downtown Statesboro is a restored late-19 th century bank building that now houses an art gallery, four art studios, an additional multi-purpose studio and a classroom. The Averitt Center is also home to the 363-seat Emma Kelly Theater. R . R o g e rs/ Au g u st a C a n a l N H A S t a t e sb o r o C V B