Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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K I C o n v e n t i o n C e n t e r G r e e n B a y , W i s c o n s i n January 2017 25 Courtesy KI Convention Center Green Bay locals celebrate the opening of the new KI Convention Center. of 150,000 square feet, and the skywalk that connects to the 17,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena. The hotel will also have its own meeting and event space, including a 10,000-square-foot flexible ballroom and 4,000 square feet of meeting and breakout rooms as well as a prefunction space, Edwards said. The new Hilton will be a boon to Des Moines' stron- gest meeting markets, including agriculture and insur- ance industries, as well as other key niche markets, such as association, religious and hobby groups. www.catchdesmoines.com KI Convention Center Green Bay, Wisconsin It has been over a year since a massive expansion nearly doubled the size of the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it's been a good year. "The groups that have been in there have loved it," said Beth Ulatowski, director of sales for the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They have had nothing but positive things to say." The expansion nearly doubled available space at the downtown Green Bay convention center, from about 40,000 square feet to nearly 80,000 square feet. The project allowed groups that were outgrowing the facil- ity to stay and convinced others to return. The Midwest Food Processors Association returned its regional con- ference to Green Bay last year, and the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association held its convention there last spring and will return again in April. The project added a 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom that can be configured in as many as eight smaller spaces and three rooms ranging from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet overlooking the Fox River. A wall of windows floods the expansion's prefunction space with natural light and views of downtown. The first-story floor plan, with 35,000 square feet of contiguous exhib- it space, mostly remained the same. The entire facility has the latest and greatest in tech- nology, including a new "digital signage network" fea- turing several large interactive video walls throughout the center. An attached 135-room hotel reopened as a Hampton Inn the same time as the reopening of the convention center, and the adjoining Hyatt Regency has another 241 suites. www.kiconventioncenter.org

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