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> destination spotlight Nashville was ranked in the top 10 of Cvent's 2014 Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States what's New, Nashville? LISTED IN CoLLABoRATE Magazine's list of the Top 12 Foodie Cities for Meetings and ranked in the top 10 of Cvent's 2014 Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the United States, Nashville is one of the hottest cities for meetings these days. In fact, the city boasted the highest number of association executives since the 2007 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago when it hosted the event in 2014. If you haven't considered Nashville as a destination lately, check out what's new these days in the Music City! New and Improved Properties If you're looking for a new place to host your next event, Downtown Hyatt Place (nashvilledowntown. has opened on 3rd Avenue in the heart of the city's SoBro District. The 255-room, 13-story hotel includes 3,600 square feet of meeting space and a 175-space parking garage. The hotel's lobby includes the Hyatt 26 Summer 2015 Place brand's signature food and beverage options, including The Gallery, a 24-hour, full bar serving wine, beer, spirits, and coffee. Another new property, the 27-story, 500,000-square-foot Westin Nashville Hotel will be built in SoBro on the northwest segment of the Music City Center Roundabout. The hotel will be full-service with 454 rooms and will include a 6,000-square-foot spa, 8,000-square-foot restaurant space, rooftop bar, lounge and pool, and 200+ parking spaces. The project will cost $120 million and will be complete by December 2016. Meanwhile, the Hilton Nashville Downtown ( accommodations/renovation) has undergone a $28-million upgrade. Upgrades to all 330 guest suites, the fitness center which doubled in size, the grand ballroom, 17,800 square feet of meeting space, and a completely renovated grand atrium lobby and lounge have all been completed. The hotel introduced a new concierge lounge on the lobby level. Contemporary design is showcased across the entryway, new flooring is intact, and a more interactive front desk experience is in place. Refreshed Venues There is no shortage of unique venues for events in Nashville, and a couple of the city's most notable have recently been refreshed or announced renovations. The historic Ryman Auditorium announced a $14-million planned expansion and renovation of the building's 1994 additions. The renovation will increase the experience for both guests and concert attendees. It will also include a new event space featuring a new, state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, which will prove a unique way to relive the Ryman Auditorium's storied past. Other amenities include a dedicated café space, enhanced food and beverage services throughout the building,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Summer 2015

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
How to Build a Stronger Volunteer Program
Volunteer Risks and Rescues
The List: Micro & Ad Hoc Volunteer Jobs in Associations
Engaging Your Members with Mobile Technology
By the Numbers: Volunteering
2015 GSAE Annual Meeting
Destination: Nashville
Choices: A Quiet Conversation with a Dear Friend
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Summer 2015