Find out what makes Ohio's second-largest city and its many meeting venues rock. On the list: a new convention center, unique event settings, and an easily navigable public transportation system.
Why consider Cleveland? For starters, venues that make your attendees feel like rock stars, a new convention center, and plenty of public transportation options.
New convention center. In 2010, Cleveland demolished its downtown convention center and built the $465 million Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation. It features 225,000 square feet of exhibit space, 35 meeting rooms, and a 32,000-square-foot grand ballroom. It's also within walking distance of 14 hotels.
Venues that rock. The city is known as the "rock and roll capital of the world," and some of its venues live up to the hype. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, can be used for meetings and events. Its Foster Theater holds 163 people, while its lower lobby, with views of Lake Erie, is perfect for sit-down or buffet dinners.
Easy transportation options. The Regional Transit Authority's bus, rail, and trolley options make it simple for attendees to get around. RTA's five free downtown trolley routes can take them from the convention center to their hotels to a number of attractions and neighborhoods. The trolleys also connect to the Red Line train, which will take attendees to the airport.
CLE Fast Facts
Recent and future association meetings: 2015 Industry Supply Association Annual Convention, Society of American Archivists' Archives 2015 Meeting, Association of Medical Illustrators' 2015 Annual Conference
Hotel rooms downtown: Nearly 5,000 by 2016
Convention center square footage: 750,000
Travel time from airport to convention center: 20 minutes
What else? Numerous movies have been filmed in Cleveland, including A Christmas Story; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Major League; The Shawshank Redemption; Spiderman 3; and Men in Black.