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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

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.

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.

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)

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.