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Convention Centers The Raleigh Convention Center Where All That Glitters May Bring Gold How a new convention center is driving the redefinition of a destination By Christopher Hosford Roger Krupa can get tongue-tied talking about the new Raleigh Convention Center. It isn’t because Krupa, director of the gleaming new facility that debuts this month, doesn’t know what to say about its features—that the $222-million, 500,000-square-foot center offers 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, for example, plus 16 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom seating 2,400. This is not a huge facility, granted, but a striking one, featuring in addition to its interior amenities, an exterior art wall that literally shimmers and flutters in the breeze. What has Krupa speechless is how the center is the culmination of a citywide renaissance that seems to have brought Raleigh together as few things ever have. “It’s amazing the way Raleigh has embraced this,” he says, “but in truth it’s a combination of many factors.” Both cause and effect, Raleigh’s SEPTEMBER 2008 SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS 42

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - September 2008

Successful Meetings - September 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
Supplier News
Association News
Corporate Meetings
Independent Planners
Management Matters
Meetings Law
Mouth for Sale
Planner Spotlight
On Site
On Site
Tools of the Trade
Where All That Glitters May Bring Gold
Stepping Up in Class
Going for the Green
10 Great Drive-To Destinations
Charter Members
Night at the Museum
Places & Spaces
Charleston and Savannah
Los Angeles
Rocky Mountain Resorts

Successful Meetings - September 2008