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www.MeetingNews.com November 10, 2008 south Convention Center. Largest among them is the new 510,000-sf center in Raleigh, NC, which opened in September. By the end of this year, the building will have hosted at least 17 conventions—many of which, such as the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education—chose to meet in Raleigh because of the city’s green convention center. Green initiatives, it seems, are good for business. “To be competitive in our marketplace, and get some of the meetings that we want to go after, we had to have a green facility in place,” said Loren Gold, executive vice president of the Greater continued on page S13 Southern Convention Centers Embrace Green Both new & existing buildings across the region institute environmental practices By Matt Alderton The Charlotte Convention Center has become more eco-friendly. Green building is big business. Not only in cities like San Francisco and New York, but also in the southeastern United States. Where green has long been just the color of fried tomatoes and mint juleps, several convention centers have debuted environmentally friendly facilities and programs this year. Among the centers—one new, one under construction, and two existing—setting examples for cities nationwide with their green efforts are the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC); the Jackson Convention Complex (JCC) in Jackson, MS; the Classic Center, Athens, GA; and the Charlotte Attendees, You’re Cleared for Takeoff to Improved Airports Terminal and concourse renovations promise better travel experience By Matt Alderton Although customer satisfaction with airlines is at its lowest point since 2001, customer satisfaction with airports is poised for a healthy jolt after terminal renovations and expansions at several hubs in the South. Under way at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and Nashville International Airport (BNA), and recently done at Lexington, KY’s Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Biloxi, MS’ Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), the projects promise a better experience for travelers in, or passing through, the southeastern United States. In Atlanta, where work is continuing on a $6.2 billion, 10-year capital improvement program at the bustling Hartsfield-Jackson, airport, spokesman Al Snedeker calls the facility’s improvements “game-changing” for Atlanta’s meeting planner customers. continued on page S15 Improvements under way at Atlanta’s busy Hartsfield Airport promise to ease congestion. http://www.MeetingNews.com

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