FEB 2018

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By Adrianne Bowen ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 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 14 CONVENTION CENTERS A totally transformed and expanded Miami Beach Convention Center is emerging this year, with events already filling up space, including the Miami Home Show, South Florida's largest home design show, which will be held Labor Day weekend. The $620 million renovation and expansion project, which began in December 2015, is slated for completion by August 2018. Additionally, a six-acre public park that will include a flexible lawn area, food pavilion and a veteran's memorial will be available by Summer 2019. "Today's meeting planner has different expectations. So we planned a complete renovation from end to end, floor to ceiling. We have lots of new technology coming into the building and integrated in a way that it can grow along with new technologies," said Matt Hollander, general manager of the facility. "We are so excited about the reimagined Miami Beach Convention Center." Among its offerings, the new LEED-certified center will feature almost 500,000 square feet of renovated exhibit space; a state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot grand ballroom, additional meeting rooms with flexible arrangements, a 20,000-square-foot glass rooftop junior ballroom, advanced technology and versatile indoor/outdoor public spaces. n A Reimagined Facility Emerges The Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida "Austin Convention Center attendees are just down the street from the city's vibrant night- life, where they can enjoy everything from fine dining in four-star restaurants to downhome barbeque and authentic Tex-Mex." said Bran- don Peacy, public information and marketing coordinator for the Austin Convention Center Department. "As the 'Live Music Capital of the World,' Austin echoes with the sound of country, rock 'n' roll, blues, jazz and Tejano in more than 250 venues, any night of the week." "The Austin Convention Center, a LEED Gold-certified facility and one of the country's most technologically advanced convention centers, is located in the capital city's down- town business district," he said, adding that the four-level 881,400-square-foot facility is con- structed of native Texas materials, from rustic limestone to polished granite. Additionally, the liberal use of windows connects attendees to the community, invites natural light and provides an open, airy experience. "There's more to the Austin Convention Center than the building's flexible and prac- tical floorplan and planner-friendly features," Peacy said. "The gracious and professional staff's commitment to providing world-class service to its customers brings clients back year after year." n In The Center Of The Live Music Capital Of The World The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas One of the most picturesque cities in Mississippi, Natchez is looking for your business when it comes to hosting events at The Natchez Convention Center, according to Conven- tion Services Director Helena St. Clair. Among the events in place for this year is the 29th Annual Southern Christian Services conference, which has utilized the venue in Nat- chez for the past 11 years, and the 80th Annual Mississippi Bandmasters Clinic, which has booked the facility through 2020. "Natchez is a family-friendly town and has a safe walkable downtown, giving access to many restaurants, shopping, a brewery, a distillery, antebellum home tours, ghost tours, art galleries and sightseeing," St. Clair said. "We have supporting venues all within a few blocks of our center, including our host hotel, The Natchez Grand Hotel, River Bluff Park, the Community Center, the City Audi- torium and the Visitors Center. Multi-state groups like our location because we are less than two hours from two state capitals [Mississippi and Louisiana]. Clearly, we are an at- tractive venue for training and leadership development." n A Fun & Family-Oriented Location The Natchez Convention Center, Natchez, Mississippi Atrium of Austin Convention Center Austin Convention Center Department

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