JUL 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 57 history. Its Downtown Historic District includes the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center; seven historic churches; and numerous historic monuments and sites. Clarksburg offers meeting planners a multipur- pose building in the center of the city's down- town: Jackson Square can accommodate 500 for a reception. The city's Uptown Event Center can host up to 200 for a reception and 100 for ban- quets. The Hilton Garden Inn Clarksburg has a 1,752-square-foot ballroom and two 600-square- foot meeting rooms. Just 10 miles northeast of the city in Bridge- port, the Days Inn & Suites Bridgeport - Clarks- burg offers 4,500 square feet of meeting space in four meeting rooms. Also in Bridgeport, the Bridgeport Conference Center at Charles Pointe can accommodate up to 400 people. The 116- room Wingate by Wyndham Hotel features 600 square feet of event space. Southern West Virginia Visit Southern West Virginia CVB works with nine counties in the southern part of the state – Greenbrier, Monroe, Mercer, Summers, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, McDowell and Wyoming – that include the cities of Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs, Union, Bluefield, Hinton, Beckley, Fayetteville, Summersville, Welch and Pineville respectively. Several of the counties, areas and cities also have their own CVBs. The Southern West Virginia area in general is rugged mountain-and-valley terrain and offers exceptional outdoor scenery and recreation, resorts and several state parks. Southern West Virginia's territory includes the New River, an American Heritage River; the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel-arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere; the world-renowned Greenbrier resort, the Gauley River National Rec- reation Area, the state's largest lake, the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory, several ski resorts and outdoor adventure parks, several railroad muse- ums and festivals, coal country with coal-related attractions and numerous historic downtowns. Lisa Strader, public relations and website man- ager for Visit Southern West Virginia, said the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center re- cently had a $2.2 million facelift. "Being the new home of WVU Tech Basketball and hosting more sporting events, they invested in their basketball court, which now meets NCAA standards, hoops and rims," she said. "They added LED lighting, a lit scoreboard, improved the locker rooms and seating, and updated the restrooms. The roof also was replaced. The updates to the convention cen- ter have made it brighter and more modern." Another meeting facility in Beckley, the Historic Black Knight Municipal Park, includes a facility that has a ballroom and additional meeting space, a nine-hole golf course, pool, and onsite food and beverage service. Southern West Virginia Venues • The Resort at Glade Springs (Daniels): more than 15,000 square feet of indoor meeting space; more than 3,500 square feet of terrace space; a 2,400-square-foot pavilion; 2,600 square feet of lawn; 200 guest rooms; vacation lodgings including 48 rooms at The Inn • Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center: nearly 26,000 square feet of meeting space in arena and convention center; 15,000-square-foot arena; recent $2.2 million facelift • Tamarack Conference Center (Beckley): 12,000 square feet of meeting space including a 178-seat theater Greenbrier Valley "With a calendar jam-packed of events through- out the year, the Greenbrier Valley provides a great background to any conference," said Valerie Pritt, communications manager for Greenbrier County CVB. "More than likely there will be something special happening when your group arrives. We have numerous fairs, festival and events like the Literary Festival, Chocolate Fes- tival, WV Dandelion Festival, The State Fair of West Virginia, Lewisburg Music Festival and The Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament. There are many fun experiences for groups: visit the tasting rooms of Smooth Ambler Spirits or Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. Head underground for a Civil War tour at Organ Cave, marvel at the formations in Lost World Caverns or do yoga in a salt cave at the nearby Salt Cave and Spa." Greenbrier Venues • The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs): 130,000 square feet of function space; 710 guest rooms • West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Conference Center (Lewisburg): accommodates 930 guests theater-style or 480 banquet-style; largest space is 7,884 square feet; four meeting rooms • Carnegie Hall (Lewisburg): 14,000 square feet of event space • State Fair of West Virginia Event Center (Lewisburg): 40,000 square feet of covered indoor exhibit space Summersville Situated about 65 miles east of Charleston, Sum- mersville has the state's largest lake, a lighthouse, outdoor recreational opportunities, a winery and bourbon distillery operation, a Civil War battlefield, and a 73,000-square-foot arena and conference center facility. The Summersville Arena & Conference Center includes a 24,000-square-foot arena with 2,400 seats, 3,700 square feet of meeting space in the conference center with banquet room for up to 200, and six meeting rooms. There are three hotels within walking distance, including a Bay- mont Inn & Suites, Econo Lodge and Sleep Inn. Other hotels in the city include a Hampton Inn and a La Quinta Inn & Suites. n W E S T V I R G I N I A Charleston Riverfront Charleston CVB

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