Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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November 2016 35 Lynn Hunt is ready to help you plan your meeting marvels on the Mississippi. Call her at 1-800-747-7800, ext. 823 or email her at meeting on the Mississippi! Have a marvelous Write something... Comment • Like • Suggest to Friends Susan Had an outstanding meeting in the Quad Cities. Great location on the river, and there was a lot to do. The meeting space and hotel rooms were outstanding. Service went above and beyond my expectations. Friday at 6:45 pm • Like John What's their largest meeting space and hotel? Saturday at 8:54 am • Like Susan Largest space is 117,000 sq. ft. and there is a 514-room hotel. Check it out for your conference – budget friendly! Two hours ago • Like #visitquadcities donated back for the restoration," Schultz said. Groups can dine in the hotel's 1910 Grille or visit the 1910 Lounge — originally the gentlemen's lounge — for drinks or a game of pool. I n d i a n C r e e k N a t u r e C e n t e r Indian Creek Nature Center C e d a r R a p i d s Cedar Rapids Indian Creek Nature Center celebrated the grand opening of its new building in September, and the Living Building Challenge-certified facility "goes above and beyond LEED certification," said director of education Erin Roghaar. Groups can tour the building, which uses net-zero energy and net- zero water. Solar panels power the facility, and geothermal energy heats and cools it. Every drop of water that falls on the property stays on the property and is reused and recycled. All building materials were sourced within a 500-mile radius, and the wood was sustainably harvested or salvaged. The auditorium can seat 120 people for meals, and the exhibit hall can hold 100 people. A conference room and two classrooms can be used for breakout sessions. The campus also features an outdoor patio and an outdoor activity area, each for up to 200 people, and an amphi- theater can accommodate 500 guests. Indian Creek has four miles of trails that visitors can explore or use for group activities, such as orienteering challenges. Center staff will also arrange service projects for corporate groups, Roghaar said, such as landscape planting and trail maintenance. Indian Creek's former facility, an old dairy barn, is undergoing some renovations, and a donor recently gave the organization a 200-acre farmstead, where the center hopes to offer more sustainable agricul- ture programs in the future. W a t e r l o o B o a t H o u s e Waterloo Boat House W a t e r l o o Waterloo When the Cedar River flooded at record levels in June 2008, the one- story Waterloo Boat House "was completely submerged" and was dam- aged beyond repair. So when city officials set out to rebuild it, they designed the boathouse to withstand future flooding with minimal damage, said Carrie Gleason, events coordinator for the Waterloo Center for the Arts, which handles rentals for the boathouse. The new boathouse opened in 2013 with garage-style doors on the lower level that open to allow floodwaters to flow through. The first level is home to the Waterloo Rowing Club, and the second story houses a modern, airy event space for up to 126 people that also deliv- ers some surprises. "It has a wraparound deck with large windows so you have a great view of the river and downtown Waterloo and the bridges," Gleason said, adding, "it's really a view you just don't get anywhere else in the Cedar Valley." The boathouse sits just off the city's riverfront walking-biking trail and is next to a boat dock, "so they could bring in a boat and launch from there and cruise around," she said. The building is also located near Exchange Park, where groups will find a disc golf course, and although they haven't done so yet, Gleason said planners may be able to work with the Waterloo Rowing Club to arrange rowing lessons or other team-building activities.

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