Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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February 2017 47 Get to Know A L A B A M A g r e a t e r g a d s d e n . c o m fishing á shopping á food á golf á festivals á hiking á music á parks á climbing :D O Q X W6 W á* D G V G H Q $ / áJ U H D WH U J D G V G H Q FR P 1 - 8 8 8 -5 6 5 - 0 41 1 1 -2 5 6 -5 49 - 03 5 1 ing i i i musi c p Download our FREE Destination Travel app. Search ìGadsden, ALî and look for the distinctive ìDouble-Gî logo that brands the app. o o o o o o o o o o o o o *DGVGHQ$ODEDPD á &RVWHI¥FHQWXQLTXHPHHWLQJYHQXHVVXFKDV 1RFFDOXOD)DOOV3DUN á &RQYHQLHQWWR%LUPLQJKDPZ,QWHUVWDWHDFFHVV á ,GHDOO\VXLWHGIRUPHHWLQJVWRSHRSOH á KRWHOURRPVDFURVVVHYHUDOSULFHSRLQWV DQGEUDQGV @GreaterGadsden space. The development will also feature a central plaza where visitors can enjoy free concerts and movies in the spring and summer or go ice skating in the winter, said Caitlyn Blizzard, director of communications for the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. At the Metropolitan Club, groups of 400 can sit down to dinner in the ballroom, or up to 800 people can mingle during receptions. The area is also home to sev- eral golf and country clubs, and in Alpharetta, the Echelon Golf Club has a pavilion that can accommodate events for up to 100 people or up to 400 with a tent. The Golf Club of Georgia offers the Lodge, a space for up to 250 people with a balcony overlooking the course, as well as two smaller meeting rooms and a boardroom. The Alpharetta Marriott is a full-service hotel with nearly 10,200 square feet of event space in 13 meeting rooms, including the 7,680-square-foot Magnolia Ballroom that can be split into eight smaller sections. Alpharetta recently started a bike-share program, Blizzard said, and visitors can ride along the Big Creek Greenway trail. www.awesomealpharetta.com J a c k s o n v i l l e , A r k a n s a s Jacksonville, Arkansas People may not expect someone to describe the Little Rock suburb of Jacksonville, Arkansas, as a "melting pot." But that's how Amy Mattison, director of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, explains the city of 30,000. "We have so many different people who are here because we have the Little Rock Air Force Base, and we have international students here who train at the Air Force base," she said. "I would call it a melting pot." On base, the Walters Community Support Center has a 200-person-capacity ballroom, a conference room for up to 60 and a party room for up to 40 people. Groups of 15 to 50 people can also request base tours, which are offered one Thursday a month, or can arrange guest speakers from the base for events and ceremonies. The Jacksonville Community Center can be described as a recreation-center-meets-civic-center. With a pool, gymnasium and racquetball courts, the center offers recreation activities to the community, but its 5,500-square-foot banquet room with a stage and a 1,500-square-foot meeting room with a kitchen offer groups options for meetings and events. The city's newest facility is a public shooting range with 14 trap fields, three skeet overlays, three lit fields, two pavilions, a lake and the 5,100-square-foot Witt Stephens Jr. Clubhouse that includes a classroom. Groups can reserve the classroom or pavilions and try their hand at skeet shooting. Meeting attendees can also visit the Jacksonville Museum of Military History or Reed's Bridge Battlefield Heritage Park, where they'll find a replica 1860s home- stead and a walking trail with historical markers. www.cityofjacksonville.net

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