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SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 61 hotels are on the same property with Candle- wood Suites, which offers a business center and limited meeting space. Other hotels with event space include 283-room Embassy Suites, with 40,000 square feet of versatile meeting space; Clarion Inn and Suites, with 179 guest rooms and event space for up to 329 people; and DoubleTree by Hilton, with 4,000 square feet of function space. Courtyard Marriott has 1,944 square feet of event space and the Hilton Garden Inn in Smyrna has 112 guest rooms and a 2,106-square-foot ballroom. Middle Tennessee State University provides a variety of classroom and multipurpose spaces on campus. Other off-site options include reception space for up to 150 at Oaklands Historic House Museum; a 305-seat theater and three additional meeting spaces; Patterson Park Community Center; Smyrna Event Center, which can host up to 250 people; and the Tennessee Miller Coliseum, with stadium seating for up to 4,600. Popular agri-tourism venues, according to the CVB, include The Grove at Williamson Place, with outdoor reception space and three barn venues; and Arrington Vineyards, which has indoor and outdoor space for groups of up to 250. (See Breakout Spotlight on this page for more information.) Williamson County About 20 miles south of Nashville on I-65, Williamson County – including the cities of Franklin and Brentwood – offers more than 4,000 guest rooms and more than 20 unique venues, ranging from traditional hotel space to historic mansions, farms and vineyards, state- of-art corporate facilities and even a reclaimed rock quarry, according to the Williamson County CVB. Franklin's 16-block historic district is filled with local shops, restaurants and boutiques. The Franklin Theatre, a vintage movie palace that seats up to 322, was reopened in 2010 as an event and live concert venue. Some of the unique event venues in the county are Showcase, a 1,250-square-foot event space with facilities for business meet- ings, social functions or live entertainment events; and The Grove, which offers a variety of rooms for between 12 and 100 people, and a 175-seat auditorium. Graystone Quarry is a 76-acre reclaimed rock quarry site in ► Fountains at Gateway is a new mixed-use development in Murfreesboro, located in the fast-growing Gateway District. The $80 million development will include 400,000 square feet of office space, 70,000 square feet of retail in three freestanding buildings, street-level retail space in the office buildings, a residential component, a mid-sized business hotel, and a conference and event center. The property is being developed by Hearthstone Properties, a Murfreesboro commercial real estate investment company. The View at Fountains, located on the fourth floor, will include 6,700 square feet of meeting and event space, as well as 1,900 square feet of covered outdoor terrace space that wraps the conference center on two sides and overlooks Gateway Island Park and the surrounding greens- pace. According to a statement from Scott Graby, president of Hearthstone Properties, the center will accommodate more than 300 people. "We have always envisioned an upscale event venue as a key amenity and feature of Fountains," Graby said. "With a goal to capture the beautiful views of the entire Gateway District, a design emerged that showcases the fourth-floor panoramic views and utilizes the open-air terrace for mingling or outside dining." Phase I of the development, including a four-story office building and a retail building, opened in 2017. The second retail building in this phase is under construction and slated for completion in late 2018. The conference and event center is set to open in October 2018. Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Rutherford County Fountains Conference Center Contact: www.readysetrutherford.com T E N N E S S E E Memphis Sunset on Beale Street Photo by Joshua Brown. Courtesy Memphis Tourism

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