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destination spotlight

What's New:

Macon, Albany and Valdosta
Macon
Host to the 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting, Macon is a
city with soul. It's mix of rich history and a modern
vision for its growing downtown make it an area to
visit and revisit time and again.
While you're in town, hop on two wheels to tour
the city's historic industrial district. The new
self-guided tour "Pedaling through the Past" was
recently developed by Mercer University students
with a route that mimics the old "Sunday drive."
Stops include the birthplace of Crisco shortening,
the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Capricorn Studio,
which now anchors a major loft project on the site
of the old Union Depot. Overall, there are nearly two
dozen landmarks that will take visitors-and locals
alike-off the beaten path and back in time.
On the horizon, association planners will want
to make note of a proposed mixed-use project
in downtown, which includes plans for a new
120-room boutique hotel, along with a public
walk, retail shops and a restaurant with meeting
space. The Exchange Block would be bound by
Poplar, Second, Plum and First streets and could
add new event hot spots close to the city's core,
an area that's already expanding quickly as more
residents move in and require new offerings
that also appeal to visiting meeting attendees.
Construction will start later this year.

Albany
Albany boasts more than 200 hotels, flexible
meeting space to accommodate 20 to 2,500, and
historic sites, but it's the city's unique nature offering
that make it stand out for meetings and groups. Lying
below the land around Albany is the Floridan Aquifer,
an ocean of fresh water that feeds the area's rivers
and creeks and fuels its economy, making outdoor
adventure a must next time you're in the area.
In fact, just last fall, the Albany Flint Riverquarium
was named one of the Top 10 Southern Aquariums
on The Blog for Lifestyle & Travel. The BLT
blog called Flint Riverquarium a "one-of-a-kind
experience" with its Blue Hole replica and more than
120 different species native to the Flint River area.
Its interactive exhibits and face-to-face encounters
with the creatures and fish native to South Georgia
truly do make it unlike any other venue. Plus, the
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Riverquarium's Skywater Room is available as an
event venue for large parties.

Valdosta
Valdosta will also be home to a new downtown
150-room, Wyndham-branded hotel and conference
center in the coming years, the design of which will
tie right in with the city's historic look and feel. The
hotel design will feature columns, gardens and green
space, and a fountain, so it will be both a beautiful
and functional addition to the city center.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Spring 2017 - 7
Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Connections - Spring 2017 - 12
Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
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Connections - Spring 2017 - 16
Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
Connections - Spring 2017 - 23
Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
Connections - Spring 2017 - 26
Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Spring 2017 - 28
Connections - Spring 2017 - 29
Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover4
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert1
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert2
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