ConventionSouth

OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 22 NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! Growing Spaces Increased demand from its core and growing customer base was the catalyst behind the Cox Business Center's recently launched $55 mil- lion renovation in Tulsa, Okla. The project is funded by a tax renewal package, Vision Tulsa, and is expected to be completed by June 2020. According to Kerry Painter, assistant general manager for the center, the renovation will make Tulsa a bigger competitor for state and national events while further connecting the more than 300,000-square-foot venue with its downtown neighbors. The facility will now have 38-foot ceilings and a strong front entrance, an element that been missing with the current facility. "Over the last 10 years, the city has really grown and changed and created all these wonderful neighborhoods and developments," Painter said. "The new door will now face that. It just reorients it perfectly." An award-winning venue in downtown Tulsa, the Cox Business Center offers 34 meeting rooms and houses Oklahoma's largest ballroom. The facility is part of Vision 2025, a project to grow economic and community infrastructure for future generations. Building Out Amenities and Infrastructure Fairfax County, Va., is witnessing notable infrastructure growth from multiple vantage points. In 2017, Washington D.C., welcomed the opening of the Museum of the Bible, generating a considerable block of new business, according to Dean Miller, national sales manager with Visit Fairfax. In addition, the much-anticipated National Museum of the United States Army is under construction on Fort Belvoir and is slated to open in 2020. The ¿YHVWRU\VTXDUHIRRWIDFLOLW\LVH[- pected to draw between 500,000 and 700,000 visitors annually. It will also offer considerable event space. "We've already been working with any num- ber of groups over the last couple of years that have given commitments to holding meetings here, so they can go down to see the museum," Miller said, pointing out that its location near Mount Vernon will make it ideal for maximizing group outings. The St. James Sport and Wellness Center opened in Fairfax County last year, boasting 450,000 square feet of space. The develop- ment offers facilities for hockey, basketball, volleyball, baseball, swimming, climbing, gymnastics, golf, squash, health medicine and relaxation. The St. James is also equipped to host e-sports tournaments and interests. Modernizing Destination Oerings Destinations such as Winston-Salem, N.C., are witnessing investments in an existing infra- structure that bring offerings up to par with the latest trends. For instance, the Twin City Quar- ter, comprising the Marriott Winston-Salem, the Embassy Suites Winston-Salem and Benton Convention Center, is undergoing a trifecta of renovation efforts that started with the recently completed $20 million transformation at the convention center. As part of the project, an existing exhibit hall was turned into a multifunctional carpeted EDOOURRP,QDGGLWLRQVLJQL¿FDQWVWUXFWXUDO design and technology upgrades were made to the interior and exterior of the building, and breakout space was made more open and ÀH[LEOH$FFRUGLQJWR%URRNV WKHQHZGHVLJQV Metrorail Silver line extension to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will aid growth in Fairfax County, Va. Visit Fairfax A $30 million in…eld redevel- opment project, Richmond (Va.) Raceway Reimagined, is designed to enhance the fan experience. Richmond Raceway

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