Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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Page 23 of 45 Meeting Ideas 22 Meydenbauer Center Bellevue, Washington Tucked along the east side of Lake Washington near Seattle, the Meydenbauer Center is conveniently located 17 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In 2015, the 54,000-square-foot convention cen- ter initiated a $12.5 million renovation, revamping the building's style, logo and lighting. Today, meeting groups will appreci- ate the natural wood and artistic lighting that characterize the building and reflect the natural beauty for which the region is known. With the snow-capped Olympic Mountains looming in the distance, Bellevue is a won- derful hybrid of urban attractions and lush outdoor landscape. Visitors can explore hun- dreds of bike trails throughout the area or stroll down Main Street to browse fine local products such as Fran's Chocolates or artisan glassware from Glassybaby. "It's a very vibrant kind of place where you can stroll around at any time of day or night," said Jane Kanton, director of sales at the Meydenbauer Center. "The city planners were smart in developing internal plazas between buildings that feature over 100 pieces of out- door artwork." The city is very compact, measuring about a square mile, which allows groups to thor- oughly explore local attractions and easily reach the 4,000 hotel rooms in downtown. Albany Capital Center Albany, New York Albany's brand-new 82,000-square-foot Albany Capital Center opened in March, join- ing the Capital Complex's two existing facili- ties: the Times Union Center, a sports and entertainment venue, and the Empire State Plaza. Together, these three buildings provide 150,000 square feet of exhibition space, mak- ing the Capital Complex the largest meeting venue in upstate New York. "The flexibility of the 26,000-square-foot space upstairs with dividing air walls really allows an event to grow without being pigeonholed to a specific size," said Doug McClaine, general manager of the Albany Capital Center The Albany Capital Center's exhibition floor was designed for multipurpose events; it features an open 26-foot-high space and an LED-lit ceiling with the ability to project over 16 million different colors and logos. By Marv Heston, courtesy Meydenbauer Center Natural wood and artistic lighting are trademarks of the renovated spaces at the Meydenbauer Center in Washington. Make Your Next Meeting, Training, or Retreat Perfect PLAN YOUR VISIT WITH US: SALESINFO@4HCENTER.ORG 800.368.7432 | 4HCENTER.ORG The National 4-H Conference Center is the Washington D.C. area's non-profit hotel and conference center. We will make your event easy to plan and memorable to attend. • 246 sleeping rooms • 41,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms • Catering and dining options available • Complimentary on-site parking & Wi-Fi • Conveniently accessible to Washington, D.C.'s three airports and just minutes from the monuments and memorials

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