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GWCCA Announces the Hiring of Gwendolyn Miller-Jones as Senior Director of Human Resources
(ATLANTA – June 30, 2016) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), which is comprised of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, recently announced the appointment of Gwendolyn Miller-Jones as Senior Director of Human Resources.

Relive the Dream on July 16 as Centennial Olympic Park Celebrates 20 Years of Olympic Legacy
ATLANTA, GA (June 8, 2016)- A star-studded 20th anniversary celebration of the 1996 Summer Olympics is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Centennial Olympic Park, featuring live entertainment, a dazzling fireworks show, food trucks and an Olympic volunteer reunion. Elevating Atlanta to international status and recognition, the 1996 Summer Olympics united the world in friendship and peace—and the festivities in July will celebrate the glories of the Games, reuniting the athletic heroes, volunteers, the organizing team and fans at the event’s greatest lasting legacy – 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park.

Governor's Commendation Presented to IPPE for Contributions to State of Georgia
ATLANTA (April 20, 2016) During the last 10 years, the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) has had an economic impact of $562 million on the State of Georgia. On Tuesday, April 26, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Chairman, Paul Hill and President, John Starkey, along with other members of the organization who spearhead IPPE, were presented the Governor’s Commendation in recognition of their contributions to the state. Lee Hunter, Chairman of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Board of Governors and Mark Zimmerman, Georgia World Congress Center General Manager, presented the honor. The estimated economic impact for the 2016 show is $61 million, with 37,000 hotel rooms booked and an estimated $1.6 million in states sales tax collected.

Georgia World Congress Center Authority is now on SnapChat: Add GWCCA
ATLANTA (April 20, 2016) – Social media platform SnapChat has more than 100 million users, including the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which will debut its first SnapChat story during the kickoff of SweetWater 420 Fest on Friday (April 22) at Centennial Olympic Park.

The Rental Show at Georgia World Congress Center Sees Largest Attendance in a Decade
ATLANTA (March 10, 2016) – Kicking off during a busy weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center that also included the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show and the Donald Trump Campaign Rally, the American Rental Association’s The Rental Show experienced its highest attendance mark in a decade while also commemorating the ARA’s 60th anniversary.

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK RELAUNCHES WILDLY SUCCESSFUL ADOPT-A-BRICK CAMPAIGN AND ANNOUNCES DATE FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY OLYMPIC CELEBRATION
ATLANTA, GA (March 7, 2016) – The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announced the re-launch of Centennial Olympic Park’s Adopt-A-Brick Program, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s Olympic Games, and a bold re- visioning of the magnificent downtown greenspace. The original campaign, which helped raise funds for the 1996 Olympic Games, the USOC team, and to build the Park, was one of the most successful campaigns of its time and yielded over 400,000 bricks sold.

GWCCA Campus to Host More than 55,000 People on Sunday
ATLANTA - (February 18, 2015) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority will host more than 55,000 visitors on campus Sunday, February 21st.

IPPE brings record-setting international flavor to the Georgia World Congress Center
(ATLANTA) January 28, 2016 The International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) celebrated 40 years at the Georgia World Congress Center with a record-setting show Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, the 2016 IPPE featured more than 1,300 exhibitors, setting a new record. “We have more exhibitors than we’ve ever had,” said Nath Morris, IPPE’s General Manager. “This isn’t an off-year.”

Georgia World Congress Center Authority recalibrates for future success
ATLANTA (January 26, 2016) Repositioned for future growth, decommissioning of the Georgia Dome, the addition of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and other major projects, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority has initiated the first phase of a strategic reorganization plan that includes the appointment of key leaders in new roles.

Woodruff Foundation Gives Vote of Confidence to GWCCA & Centennial Olympic Park for Visioning Project
ATLANTA, GA - (November 16, 2015) –The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) for Centennial Olympic Park and its 2020Vision.. The Woodruff gift comes two decades after the Foundation’s initial transformational investment in the Park, which set off a chain of events resulting in unprecedented levels of public and private sector support. The leadership and vision for transforming the western edge of downtown into a glorious 21-acre public greenspace redefined Atlanta and sparked an urban renaissance with new museums and attractions, as well as significant commercial and residential development that has now exceeded $2.2 billion in total investments.

ATLANTA SELECTED TO HOST 2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-The biggest game in college football is headed to Atlanta for the first time
ATLANTA - (November 4, 2015) – The College Football Playoff announced today that Atlanta has been selected to host the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, which is scheduled to be played on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Landing No. 1 concert tour at Georgia Dome wasn’t a Swift process, but perseverance paid off
ATLANTA – (October 28, 2015) When Taylor Swift hit the Georgia Dome stage Saturday night (Oct. 24) to the screaming adoration of 56,000-plus fans as she launched into “Welcome to New York,” the lead track from her “1989” album, it was a dream come true for devotees of the reigning Queen of Pop, but it was also a long time coming for the venue staff, management and Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Event Development Team, also known as Authority Presents.

Four-Legged Friends Aide in Continuous Sustainability Efforts at the GWCCA
(ATLANTA – October. 20, 2015) This month the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) welcomed more than 40 goats to campus to aide in clearing a natural hillside on the grassy embankment of the Ivan Allen Bridge near the north side of the Georgia World Congress Center .

Fans can get fired up for Atlanta-Houston showdown with free pre-game festivities at Falcons Landing
Atlanta - (October 1, 2015)The revamped Falcons Landing was a big hit with fans (including flocks of Philadelphia Eagles faithful) prior to the Atlanta Falcons’ Sept. 14 home opener at the Georgia Dome and organizers are gearing up for more interactive, family-friendly pre-game festivities for Sunday’s showdown against the Houston Texas.

GWCCA Campus to Host Over 90,000 People on Sunday
ATLANTA - (October 01, 2015) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority will host more than 90,000 visitors on campus Sunday, October 4, as the Atlanta Falcons face the Houston Texans in the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park hosts the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways World Tour.

Food at Your Fingertips: New Mobile Service Brings Lunch Directly to Georgia World Congress Center Exhibitor booths
(ATLANTA – Sept. 24, 2015)Your stomach starts grumbling.

Volunteer Translators Break Down Language Barriers at Georgia Dome
(ATLANTA – Sept. 24, 2015)Carlos Chang of Marietta speaks three languages fluently – hold on, let’s make that four if you count the ever-growing international lexicon of soccer.

Falcons celebrate 50 seasons with enhanced fan-friendly fare on the GWCCA campus
(ATLANTA – Sept. 14, 2015) Besides the sight of state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium rising up rapidly right next to the Georgia Dome on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta campus, there are plenty of new twists in store for Atlanta Falcons fans when the regular season – the team’s 50th - kicks off tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles, the first game of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” doubleheader.

GWCCA campus first convention center/sports-entertainment venue to attain StormReady® status
(ATLANTA - August 27, 2015)When a tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta on March 14, 2008 leaving a swath of destruction, including considerable damage to the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, it served as a galvanizing event for weather-related emergency management preparation.

Seven years later, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has stepped up its severe weather preparedness game under a new Public Safety Director/Chief of Police, earning a new seal of approval from the National Weather Service (NWS).


SISTER ACT VON GREY READY TO ROCK BREW ON THE BRICKS WITH EDGY NEW SOUNDS
ATLANTA – (August 25, 2015) The four sisters of Atlanta-based indie folk/pop/rock band von Grey have been a self-contained performing unit for most of their young lives, originally as a classical string and piano quartet playing at recitals, weddings and other formal settings. Each sibling started classical training when she turned five-years-old with lessons twice a week, but the lure of pop music came a-calling, and the sisters began to expand beyond violin, viola, cello and piano. They learned rock, Top 40, country and folk instruments, branching out on guitar, mandolin, banjo, percussion and electronic keyboards, playing songs by the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tracy Chapman.

GWCCA plans 20th anniversary celebrations of 1996 Olympic Games
ATLANTA – (July 27, 2015) In anticipation of next year’s large public celebration of the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s Olympic Games, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announces that this year, on September 18, Centennial Olympic Park will host a small reunion of the proud Atlantans who represented the city in its final Olympic bid presentation in Tokyo on September 18, 1990. A larger public celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Games will take place in the park in July 2016.

GWCCA hires Atlanta-area native for new Sr. Staff Writer position
(ATLANTA – July 23, 2015) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announces the appointment of Kent Kimes to the newly-created position of Sr. Staff Writer in the Communications Department.

Dairy-Deli-Bake expo at GWCC donates 19 tractor-trailers of food
(ATLANTA ,July 7, 2015)The fight against hunger in the Peach State recently received a major shot in the arm.

Advisory: Busy Holiday Weekend around the GWCCA Campus
(ATLANTA ,June 29, 2015) Several citywide events are taking place downtown during the Independence Day weekend, including the Fourth of July Celebration in Centennial Olympic Park, the citywide Peachtree Road Race, and the 2015 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Georgia World Congress Center. With the increased number of downtown visitors, attendees are encouraged to take MARTA, or if driving, purchase parking passes online in advance.

Googie Burger features a special burger blend to compete in the James Beard Foundation’s Better Burger Project™
(ATLANTA- June 15, 2015)—Googie Burger debuts today their entry in the James Beard Foundation’s Better Burger Project™. The Better Burger Project™ is an initiative through the James Beard Foundation to improve the burger by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms, creating a more delicious, healthy, and sustainable burger. Blending meat and mushrooms in a burger not only improves flavor, texture and juiciness, it also reduces calories, fat, and sodium while adding important nutrients to the plate like vitamin D, potassium and B vitamins and enhances the restaurant’s menu with sustainable, plant-based items.

Googie Burger debuts the ‘Pig of the South’ as May’s Burger of the Month
(ATLANTA – May 07, 2015) Googie Burger, located in downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park next to the Fountain of Rings, is open for lunch and dinner service. An “only in the park” experience, Googie Burger celebrates the iconic and beloved food classic – the burger.

GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SOUTHERN ROOTS CAFÉ, New Dining Destination Brings Local Flare to Area Convention Center
Atlanta - (May 6, 2015) - In partnership with Levy Restaurants, Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) announces the grand opening of Southern Roots Café today, inviting guest’s and media to receive the full experience, of “authentic hospitality,” including an essence of homegrown pride of the streets, fields and farms of Georgia.

More than 120,000 Attendees and Fans on GWCCA Campus Highlight a Busy Weekend Downtown
ATLANTA - (February 20, 2015) Several large events are taking place on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) campus and at nearby venues this weekend, February 20-22, with the largest attendance numbers expected to exceed 120,000 on Saturday. Bronner Bros., Monster Energy Supercross, the Atlanta Mission 5k Race and more will all take place downtown this weekend. With the increased number of downtown visitors, attendees are encouraged to: take MARTA or if driving, pre-purchase parking passes online, and allow extra travel time to the GWCCA campus.

Busy Weekend Downtown: CHEERSPORT
ATLANTA - (February 12, 2015) Several large events are taking place downtown the weekend of February 13-15, including CHEERSPORT and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. With the increased number of downtown visitors, attendees are encouraged to: take MARTA or if driving, purchase parking passes online, take the alternate routes listed below and leave home earlier than normal.

Centennial Olympic Park to permanently close Andrew Young International Boulevard through the park on February 9th, 2015
Atlanta – (February 2, 2015) In 2013, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority(“GWCCA”), who has operational responsibility for Centennial Olympic Park, commissioned the original architects of the Park, AECOM, to help with a visioning project intended to improve the Park in recognition of its’ 20th anniversary. AECOM identified several transformative initiatives that would significantly enhance the visitor experience. The first initiative involved closing Andrew Young International Boulevard (“International Boulevard”), through the Park from Centennial Olympic Park Drive to Marietta Street. By closing the road, the Park will become much safer for pedestrians and visitors to the Park, as well as honor the architects’ original design for the thoroughfare as a plaza connecting the Fountain of Rings to the northern part of the Park.

Georgia World Congress Center Becomes World’s Largest LEED Certified Convention Center
Atlanta – (October 28, 2014) The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) was recently awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system for the design, operation and maintenance of green buildings. The GWCC is now the world’s largest LEED certified convention center. With 3.9 million square feet, the GWCC is also the 14th largest LEED certified building in the world.

Centennial Olympic Park Wins Urban Land Institute 20-Year Impact Award and 2014 IFEA Pinnacle Awards
Atlanta, GA- The Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta chapter recently recognized Centennial Olympic Park with a special 20-year project award, recognizing the profound impact the Park has had on the development of downtown Atlanta and on the tourism industry. The Park, built as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, has been an enduring part of the Games’ legacy, as well as a catalyst for economic development around it. For more information about the Urban Land Institute, please click here.

Advisory: Busy Weekend Downtown around the GWCCA Campus
ATLANTA - (September 23, 2014) Several large events are taking place downtown the weekend of September 26-28, including the Outkast #ATLast concerts in Centennial Olympic Park, the ASIS opening reception in the Georgia World Congress Center, and the Garth Brooks concerts in Philips Arena. With the increased number of downtown visitors, attendees are encouraged to take MARTA, or if driving, purchase parking passes online in advance.
Outkast ATLast will take place September 26-28 at Centennial Olympic Park (COP). For more information, visit http://www.outkastatlast.com.

Atlanta Ranked No. 4 Meeting Destination in the United States
ATLANTA (Sept. 2, 2014) – Atlanta recently ranked No. 4 on Cvent’s list of the top 50 cities for meetings and events in the United States for 2014. Cvent, a leading cloud-based enterprise event management platform, developed the ranking based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network. The ranking represents the second year Atlanta has maintained its position among the top five leading meetings destinations in the nation.

GWCC Technology Team and Meru Networks Help ISTE Break Records
(ATLANTA – July 24, 2014) The GWCC welcomed more than 20,000 attendees during the 2014 ISTE conference at the beginning of this month. ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective uses of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.

GWCCA Announces the Hiring of Carla Sayeh as Director of Internal Audits
(ATLANTA – July 03, 2014) Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Executive Director Frank Poe announced today the appointment of Carla Sayeh to the newly created position of Director of Internal Audits.

GWCCA Appoints Pargen Robertson as In-House Counsel
(ATLANTA – June 26, 2014) The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), which is comprised of the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, recently announced the appointment of Pargen Robertson as In-House Counsel for the Authority.

Team Georgia Southeast Regional Championships Come to the GWCC
ATLANTA- (May 1, 2014) - The USA Wrestling Southeast Regional Championships, hosted by Team Georgia Wrestling, will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center May 24-25. This event will showcase the best in amateur wrestling in all three styles; Folkstyle (wrestled in high school), Freestyle and Greco-Roman (wrestled globally and in the Olympics).

Nathan Fillion, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, James Marsters, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Rooker Headline Celebrity Guests At Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30 – June 1, WWE® Superstar Big Show®, Jon Bernthal, Jason David Frank, Robert Knepper, Top Comics Creators Also Among Top Stars At Pop Culture Festival At Georgia World Congress Center
ATLANTA, April 21, 2014 – Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” Serenity), Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker of “The Walking Dead,” James Marsters (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” “Torchwood”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” Rocky Balboa), WWE® Superstar Big Show®, Darryl McDaniels “D.M.C.” (“Run-D.M.C.”) Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers”), and Robert Knepper (“Prison Break,” Hitman) are among the celebrities scheduled to attend Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con, May 30-June 1 at the Georgia World Congress Center. It is the seventh of 16 events currently scheduled in the 2014 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and will also feature a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions.

Tenth Annual Alive! Expo Brings the Best Eco & Natural Products plus Wellness to Atlanta, The Southeast’s only Natural Products and Green Living Event Promoting Wellness for all Ages
Atlanta, Ga- April 17th, 2014 - Alive! Expo, the Southeast’s only and longest-running natural product, green living and total wellness event will return to the Georgia World Congress Center for its 10th year running on April 26-27th, 2014. The expo features health & wellness industry experts, eco companies and natural product manufacturers, fitness and cooking demonstrations, kids’ fitness education, live health lectures and more than 100 vendors.

The Countdown Begins for SEMCO's World Culture & Travel Expo Promoting Tourism through Cultural Education
Atlanta, April 14, 2014 - SEMCO Productions proudly announced today the premier of its World Culture & Travel Expo, which will be held in Atlanta, April 15-19, 2015. The event will bring the world to the Georgia World Congress Center with 425,000 square feet of international exhibits, travel destinations and entertainment. Countries from all over the world will create elaborate displays highlighting their culture and travel opportunities.

AJC Report: Size Matters for the Georgia World Congress Center
(ATLANTA – Arpil. 9, 2015) When it comes to attracting big manufacturing shows and expos that feature heavy, bulky industrial equipment, the Georgia World Congress Center, the nation’s fourth largest convention center, can tout its massive size, according to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Alternate Driving Route for Big South Qualifier Attendees
Atlanta, GA, April 1, 2014 – Due to construction in downtown Atlanta, Big South Qualifier attendees traveling from the North should take one of the alternate routes below to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) campus. The event takes place April 4-6 in the GWCC’s Buildings A & B.

ATLANTA FALCONS HIRE SCOTT JENKINS AS GENERAL MANAGER OF NEW ATLANTA STADIUM
Flowery Branch, GA, February 18, 2014 – The Atlanta Falcons today announced the appointment of Scott Jenkins to the newly-created position of general manager of the new Atlanta stadium, which will be operated by a division of AMB Sports & Entertainment Group. Jenkins will join the group on February 24 and will provide insight into the planning and construction of the new multi-purpose facility leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium.

GWCCA Procurement Opportunities Conference.

Georgia World Congress Center Authority Selected to Manage Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
SAVANNAH– (February 12, 2014) The Georgia International Maritime and Trade Center Authority (GIMTCA) today approved the selection of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) to manage the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center (SITCC). The GWCCA will be responsible for the management and operation of the SITCC, as well as working collaboratively with the "Visit Savannah" team in marketing the convention center as a premier business destination. The two authorities will now begin the process of negotiating the details of the multi-year agreement.

It's time to PARTY IN THE PARK May 17!
ATLANTA – Centennial Olympic Park's official 2014 line-up for PARTY IN THE PARK includes GirlTalk , MGMT, The Joy Formidable, and Stokeswood. Join the party on May 17! Tickets for the one-day concert are being offered in an exclusive presale starting Friday, February 21 at noon, with tickets starting at $30. The presale can be accessed here with the password "Centennial". PARTY IN THE PARK'S official onsale begins on Monday, February 24 starting at $40.

Busy Weekend Downtown: CHEERSPORT
ATLANTA - (February 7, 2014) Several large events are taking place downtown the weekend of February 15-16, including CHEERSPORT and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. With the increased number of downtown visitors, attendees are encouraged to: take MARTA or if driving, purchase parking passes online, take the alternate route listed below and leave home earlier than normal.

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Joins Forces with Residential Construction and Remodeling Expo
Atlanta, GA, January 9, 2014 – The region's surging new home construction and remodeling industry community takes center stage as the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) joins international trade show company, NürnbergMesse, to launch the Residential Construction and Remodeling Expo (RCRE). The trade show and conference will premier in October 2014 and provides the association with the opportunity to showcase its members' expertise as well as drive the future of the industry.

Meet The Future of Event Production Services: ON Event Services
Atlanta, GA, January 1, 2014 – Today, ON Event Services, LLC., a leading national provider of live event production and on-site audiovisual services, announced the rebrand of its industry-leading companies as the result of the unification of services under one umbrella. Through organic growth as well as acquisition, Tech Rentals, ProStage, and The Productions Solutions Group merged together to create ON Event Services, LLC. The organization is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has ten offices and warehouses strategically located in key markets to support events and venues across the country. Tech Rentals has been the in-house audio visual provider for the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) since 2012.


Alicia McNease
Public Relations Specialist
Georgia World Congress Center
404.223.4000 (phone) / 404.223.4211 (fax)
amcnease@gwcc.com

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center features 1.4 million square feet of prime exhibit space, 12 exhibit halls, 106 meeting rooms and 2 grand ballrooms. Complemented by the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park, the three facilities comprise one of the finest convention, sports, and entertainment complexes in the world.