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#destination : a t n a l t A A THE NEW SOUTH tlanta gleams amid glass and steel towers, but the heart of the South's largest city is its people. Visitors are likely to be greeted with a big helping of "How y'all doing" hospitality. Atlanta may have birthed "Gone with the Wind," yet today's big, bustling city is more New South than old. This diverse population of more than 5 million residents is decidedly youthful - younger than the U.S. population and more racially diverse. You're more than likely to meet people who came for a weekend and decided to stay a lifetime. Atlanta began as a railroad terminus. It's still a transportation hub, but with a 21st-century, global approach. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world with direct, nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations - 80 percent of those within a two-hour flight - and more 28 @MPIGNY suMMeR 2015 than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. With MARTA located inside the airport, visitors can roll into town without a car. Centennial Olympic Park, the heart of downtown's tourist hub, is marked by playful fountains that draw visitors to its core. The Atlanta Streetcar glides by carrying passengers on this modern-day trolley. Attractions abound at Pemberton Place with the popular Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Sports fans congregate here to visit the College Football Hall of Fame and to "Rise Up" for the NFL Falcons at the Georgia Dome, NBA Hawks and WNBA Dream at Philips Arena, and the MLB Braves at Turner Field. The city's rich history comes to life in Sweet Auburn, once the wealthiest black community in America. The area is a mecca for civil rights travelers visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Ebenezer Baptist Church. In Atlanta, chef-run restaurants dish up modern American cuisine in strikingly beautiful spaces. Among the cutting edge eateries are cozy diners, cafés and bistros. The ethnic mom-and-pop restaurants along Buford Highway offer menus with little English and lots of flavor. Locally-owned craft breweries pepper the city, creating an unofficial brewery trail for visitors to enjoy.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Summer 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
ASK THE BOARD
MPIGNY’S SUMMER BUCKET LIST
MEET THE 2015-2016 MPIGNY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TRAVELING FOR WEC: WHAT WILL YOU DO FIRST IN SAN FRANCISCO?
DAY IN THE LIFE
REDISCOVER ATLANTIC CITY
ADVANCING MEDICAL MEETINGS AND HEALTHCARE COMPLIANCE
A GENERATIONAL SHIFT IN EVENT DESIGN
5 SECRETS OF POWER NETWORKERS
THE GENIE AWARDS
SUMMER KICK-OFF PARTY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
ATLANTA: THE NEW SOUTH
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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