JAN 2015

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J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 49 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS TOP PICKS: Augusta Marriott At The Convention Center (706) 722-8900 "Augusta's premier hotel destination will only get better upon completion of their multimillion room renovation in Feb. 2015." See Ad On Page 16 Columbus GA Convention & Trade Center (706) 327-4522 "Experience the Difference in Columbus, Georgia. Contact us to find out how you can qualify for reduced rent!" See Ad On Page 16 Georgia State Parks (404) 656-3530 "Little Ocmulgee Lodge features conference facilities located far from distractions, yet outfitted with the latest technology and a beautiful on-site golf course." See Ad On Page 27 FOLLOW UP: Augusta CVB Columbia County CVB Columbus CVB Macon - Bibb County CVB Statesboro CVB Warner Robins CVB MIDDLE GEORGIA IN-DEPTH Visit  for more about the Middle Georgia area through our interactive Insider's Guide with  maps, videos   more. M I D D L E G E O R G I A Columbus, the second-largest city in Georgia, continues to reap the benefits of its decision to release the dammed water of both the City Mills and the Eagle and Phenix dams, thus restoring the natural flow of the Chattahoochee River and cre- ating the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. USA Today chose Columbus' whitewater course as one of the Top 12 Man- made Adventures in the World. Alongside this whitewater action runs the 15- mile Chattahoochee RiverWalk. As special as the Chattahoochee River is for Columbus, there are other top-notch activities to enjoy in a city that also boasts the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum; the National Infantry Museum; The Columbus Museum; the Coca- Cola Space Science Center; the historic Springer Opera House; and the beautiful Columbus His- toric District with its spectacular architecture. Some of these facilities offer limited event space. Columbus is a city blessed with several excel- lent major meeting facilities. The Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, located in the Historic Columbus Iron Works on the banks of the Chattahoochee, has 182,000 square feet of usable floor space that includes a 55,000 square- foot exhibit hall and 22 breakout rooms. The Cunningham Center Conference Center at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development provides a 5,432-square-foot banquet hall, six seminar rooms, an executive board room and four computer training labs. The Columbus Civic Center is an entertain- ment venue for major musical concerts and sports events but the 10,000-seat facility also has recon- figurable 5,000-square-feet Hospitality Suites, an outdoor patio overlooking the Chattahoochee, and full-service kitchen and support personnel. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts often has musical and theatrical performances going on but also rents its 2000-seat Bill Heard Theatre, 450- seat Legacy Hall and 150-seat Studio Theatre. Columbus has more than 4,600 hotel rooms, chief among them the historic 177-room Marriott Columbus located across from the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. The hotel was constructed around a restored 19 th -century cotton mill and offers 4,800 square feet of meet- ing space and an Atrium Lobby that can accom- modate up to 240. n The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is a 22-mile walking and biking area along the Chatta- hoochee River in Columbus. The trail is paved with asphalt, concrete and brick. Raptors In Flight The Lamar Q. Ball Jr. Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro offers not only an exciting array of raptors and flight demonstrations but also a lecture hall and outdoor pavilion. n Ge o rg ia  S o u th e rn  U n iv e rs ity Columbus: Urban Whitewater, Military History & More

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