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SEP 2017

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 61 T E N N E S S E E The Manor at Twin Oaks. (For more information see Breakout Spot- light on page 62.) Williamson County South of Nashville on I-65, Williamson County includes the cities of Franklin and Brentwood. According to the Williamson County CVB, there are more than 4,000 sleep- ing rooms and more than 20 unique venues. Franklin's downtown, designated a Great American Main Street, has a 16-block historic district with shops, restaurants, boutiques and the Franklin Theatre, renovated and reopened in 2010 as a theater and live concert venue that seats 322 and hosts a variety of meetings, events and concerts. Main event venues in the county include Embassy Suites Nashville South Cool Springs, with 250 guest rooms and 15,000 square feet of event space for up to 1,200 guests; Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Con- ference Center, with 297 guest rooms and 29,000 square feet of event space with 22 meeting rooms and a theatre-seating maxi- mum of 1,900; and The Factory at Franklin, an 11-building complex with indoor dining and shopping options plus 30,000 square feet of event space options. In Brentwood, venues include Four Points by Sheraton, with 212 guest rooms and a classroom capacity of 150; Hilton Garden Inn, with event space for up to 90 guests; Homewood Suites, with 121 guest rooms and three meeting rooms; and Court- yard Nashville Brentwood, with two meeting rooms for up to 45 guests. Jackson The largest city between Nashville and Mem- phis, Jackson offers planners a variety of traditional and nontraditional event spaces. According to the Jackson CVB, the downtown is in the midst of $30 million in development projects, including a small business hub, walking and biking trails, and new greens- pace. Major meeting hotels in Jackson are DoubleTree by Hilton, with 167 guest rooms and a maximum meeting capacity of 400; and the 205-room Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, with a banquet capacity of 150. Other event spaces, according to the CVB, include the Aeneas Building, a renovated historic church that now offers 2,950 square feet of event space, with gardens for outdoor receptions or parties; the Carl Perkins Civic Center, with auditorium seating for up to 2,200, plus exhibit space and meeting rooms; and The Ned, a cultural center with two art galleries, a 440-seat theater and meeting rooms. Memphis "Memphis is a great American destination that delivers a truly authentic experience. Nowhere on Earth can you find our one-of-a-kind at- tractions built around the music that flows from every street corner," said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis ►

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