JUL 2014

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"Jacksonʼs biggest asset is its people," said Micah Allen, director of sales and marketing for the Jackson Convention Com- plex. "Hospitality is the name-of-the-game here and the warmth shown to everyone that travels here is memorable. Couple that with the Jackson Convention Complexʼs state-of-the-art 330,000- square-foot facility and youʼve got a GREAT combination! The complex can accommodate groups of up to 3,000 with ease and our SMG Savor culinary team can make any food and beverage event one to remember!" Yolanda Clay-Moore of the Jackson CVB continued, "Jackson has accommodations for all budgets, ease of travel, culinary charm, big city amenities with a small-town charm and nothing beats good old Southern Hospitality!" ■ 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 55 I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E By Debbie Wood ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA From Jackson to Meridian and surrounding areas, Central Mississippi offers groups a dynamic and diverse culture, as well as a host of activities, including heritage festivals, antique shows, symphony concerts, and more. Music lovers will find their soul here as they enjoy the country, blues, gospel, jazz and more. Along with this vibrancy, the region is home to a wealth of top-of-the line event venues. ■ Central Mississippi The history of the grand opera house at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian is shared through its stunning details. Dining is an other-world experience in Jackson, which offers over 300 restaurants from formal to casual, elegant to patio-style atmosphere. The Penguin Restaurant and Bar is the latest addition to the many amenities on the Jackson State University campus. The family friendly atmosphere has been coupled with an upscale dining element to provide the best of both worlds when food meets entertainment. The slogan has been "Upscale but Not Uppity," giving light to the result of upscale dining meets down home. Some of the best live music in the city can be heard at the Penguin on weekends in The Penguin Room, which lies adjacent to the Main Dining area. ■ It's About Hospitality In Jackson Meridianʼs Crown Jewel "The MSU Riley Center has updated all of their audio/visual systems," said Dede Mogollon, executive director of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Commission. "All of the breakout rooms have new flat-screen TVs, projectors, and presentation systems built in. All a presenter needs is their presentation on a jump drive. Itʼs a conference plannersʼ dream!" The facility offers a 5,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a theater for up to 950 and several meeting rooms and classrooms. The staff of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau will assist you with your event plans of any size and type, Mogollon continued. ■ Upscale, Not Uppity Dining *54-76 CS JULY 2014 _Layout 1 6/30/14 11:24 AM Page 55

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