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Chattanooga Area CVB.

See Chattanooga in a Whole New Light

For many years, Chattanooga has been a desirable convention destination because of its variety of facilities, easy accessibility, scenic beauty, rich history, and safe environment. But now meeting planners are seeing this progressive and sustainable city in a whole new Light, photovoltaic Light that is.

Ground was broken March 2001 on a $50 million expansion of the Chattanooga Convention Center that will take the facility to 298,000 total square feet by spring 2003. Exhibit space will increase to 102,000 square feet and can be divided into four halls ranging from 18,000 to 36,000 square feet. All exhibit space can be bathed in natural tight by using a solar-collection technology called photovoltaics. Natural light will enter and be collected through enormous roof monitors that sit atop the 30-foot high exhibit hall(s). The light is then diffused and spread evenly across the exhibit floor with no fluctuation in candle power. Supplemental lighting, operated by sensors, will be used on cloudy days and at night.

The photovoltaic lighting saves energy and lends a more comfortable feel to the exhibit hall(s). Studies have shown that natural lighting increases sales, productivity, and enhances mood. The convention center will save an estimated 25-30 percent on electricity costs for lighting the exhibit hall(s).

The Chattanooga Convention Center will also put rainwater collection equipment on its roof. The water will be used for irrigation and other nondrinking uses. The City of Chattanooga is spending approximately $12 million on landscaping within a 10-block radius around the convention center. Rainwater collected from the roof will be used to water the landscaping.

Other aspects of the Chattanooga Convention Center expansion include 21 meeting rooms ranging in size from 821 to 1,800 square feet; three boardrooms; a 19,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into six equal sections; all meeting, banquet, and exhibit space on one level; seating for up to 7,500 delegates, theatre style; and a center "connected" to 1,700 first-class guest rooms via a free electric downtown shuttle.

Chattanooga's attractiveness as a dynamic convention and meeting site continues to be complimented by industry amenities, including 6,200 additional guest rooms citywide; easy accessibility via five air carriers and airport just 15 minutes from downtown; three major interstates feeding directly into the city enable one third of the nation's population to reach the city in a day's drive; great shopping opportunities; year-round mild climate; and unique off-site venues and attractions, such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City Gardens, Creative Discovery Museum, Bluffview Art District, Southern Belle Riverboat, and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Chattanooga has a wonderful selection of hotels for hosting conventions, meetings, conferences, and trade shows including

* Chattanooga Marriott Hotel, 342 guest rooms, 7,500 square feet of meeting space

* Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn, 360 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space

* Radisson Read House, 237 guest rooms, 16,000 square feet of meeting space

* Chattanooga Clarion Hotel, 202 guest rooms, 8,000 square feet of meeting space

* The Chattanoogan (conference center), 202 guest rooms, 25,000 square feet of meeting space

* Hilton Garden Inn, 94 guest rooms, 1,715 square feet of meeting space

* Courtyard By Marriott, 127 guest rooms, 1,728 square feet of meeting space

* Ramada Inn South, 138 guest rooms, 2,600 square feet of meeting space

* Comfort Inn & Conference Center, 114 guest rooms, 2,300 square feet of meeting space

* Holiday Inn I-75 Airport, 131 guest rooms, 885 square feet of meeting space

* Best Western Heritage Inn, 100 guest rooms, 1,975 square feet of meeting space

Chattanooga, also boasts a variety of facilities available for larger events:

* Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium-seats 3,800

* Tivoli Theatre--seats 1,800

* UTC McKenizie Arena--seats 12,000

* Finley Stadium--seats 20,000

* Cricket Pavilion--50,000 square feet

* Renaissance Commons--3,000 square feet

* Chattanooga African-American Museum/Bessie Smith Performance Hall -- 27,000 square feet

* Camp Jordan Arena--34,000 square feet

* Grandview--4,100 square feet

The Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Chattanooga Convention Center, and the entire local hospitality industry welcome the opportunity to work with organizations in conducting successful and memorable meetings in our scenic city.
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Title Annotation:information on Chattanooga Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau, includes nearby hotels
Publication:Association Management
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U6TN
Date:Sep 1, 2001
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