OCT 2018

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O C T O 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 65 Savannah Venues • Savannah Convention Center: 325,000 square feet of meeting space; 100,000 square feet of exhibit space; 367-fixed seat audito- rium; 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom • Savannah Civic Center: 44,000 square feet of meeting space; 8,300-square-foot lobby and mezzanine; 6,000-square-foot ballroom; 5,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 7,832-seat arena; 2,566-seat theater • Savannah Marriott Riverfront: 36,000 square feet of meeting space; 15,000-square-foot ballroom; 391 guest rooms • Hyatt Regency Savannah: 33,000 square feet of function space; 351 guest rooms • Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: 35,000 square feet of meeting space • The DeSoto: 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; six ballrooms; 246 guest rooms • Coastal Georgia Center: 15,676 square feet of meeting space Statesboro Many people may know Statesboro as the home of Georgia Southern University (GSU) but many music lovers probably know the small city because of the Allman Brothers' rendition of "Statesboro Blues." The song, however, was actually written by "Blind Willie" McTell, an itinerant singer/songwriter and guitarist who spent considerable time in "The 'Boro" and who recorded it in 1928. 0F7HOOZDVUHFRJQL]HGDVD¿QHJXLWDULVWRIWKH Piedmont blues style and he wrote dozens of blues songs throughout his years. Thanks to Statesboro's Blue Mile Committee, there is now a statue of "Blind Willie" McTell at the entrance to the Statesboro CVB. Splash in the Boro!, Statesboro's waterpark, UHFHQWO\¿QLVKHGWKHDGGLWLRQRIDQHZ:DYH Pool, with 340,000 gallons of water and its own spray playground. As for GSU, it is home to Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center, Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education, Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center and the Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University. The Averitt Center for the Arts in downtown 6WDWHVERURLVD¿QHDUWH[KLELWLRQVSDFHDQGD live-performance venue. The Center for Agriculture in Bulloch County is a $4.2 million multipurpose facility currently under construction and expected to open before the end of the year. It will feature a covered main arena with 54,000 square feet, a covered practice arena with 38,500 square feet to meet the needs of certain meeting planners. Statesboro Venues • Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College: 60,000-square-foot facility; 45,000-square-foot meeting room • Nessmith-Lane Center at Georgia Southern University: more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space; • Russell Union at Georgia Southern University: 450-person seated capacity in main ballroom, up to 600 lecture-style; 443-seat tiered Union Theater; 425-person capacity Williams Center Q Macon's great music culture is just one of many reasons it's an appealing location to visit for a meeting or for pleasure. This is the city where Little Richard was born, one of the PRVWLQÀXHQWLDOSHUIRUPHUVRIDOOWLPHDQG the city where "The Big O," Otis Redding, grew up and got his start as a professional musician and lived most of his life. This is the city where country music superstar Jason Aldean was born and where one of his popular music videos was shot in 2015, the city where the Allman Brothers Band came into its own, sparking an extraordinarily successful music career with a racially integrated band when that was a rare thing. Today, The Allman Brothers Band Museum, also known as The Big House, is a favorite of tourists (and meeting attendees). It's the house where the band lived and practiced and made music in its earliest days. Rock Candy Tours offers visitors to Macon a music history tour focused on the downtown area. "Macon is hip and historic with a vibrant downtown that offers plenty for conference attendees to enjoy," said Valerie Bradley, vice president of marketing for Visit Macon. "From our beautiful architecture, rich musical and cultural heritage, and amazing restaurants, attendees can explore the city and ¿QGRXWZK\ZH¶UHµ:KHUH6RXO/LYHV¶7KH revitalization of downtown Macon is a story that's still unfolding, with much more coming in the future." Q B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Macon Macon Hyatt Place Contact: G E O R G I A

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