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A city known for its cleanliness and old fashioned hospitality, Greensboro is an ideal destination for meetings all of sizes. Located in the center of North Carolina and the Eastern seaboard, Greensboro is easily reached by air thanks to nearby Piedmont Triad International Airport. Once in the city, guests hop aboard the expansive public bus system to quickly reach popular downtown destinations and Greensboro event venues, including the largest hotel in North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, one of the largest entertainment facilities in the Southeast.
At the forefront of Greensboro's event facilities is the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center. Located within the 1,016-room Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons, the convention center offers 250,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. Guests can attend seminars and breakout sessions in one of 79 meeting rooms, while the center's three ballrooms are well-suited to receptions, galas and black-tie affairs.
Beyond its award-winning convention center, Greensboro is home to a host of unique event spaces. From theaters to historical mansions, innovative museums to award-winning restaurants, Greensboro's meeting sites and facilities allow meeting guests to get down to business without missing out on all that the city has to offer. The Blandwood Mansion, considered the oldest standing example of Italianate architecture in the country, welcomes up to 315 guests in its striking Carriage House. The Natural Science Center accommodates private functions in spaces that range from an outdoor zoo to a state-of-the-art theater. Or, infuse events with savory flavors at popular restaurants Solaris or Undercurrent, both of which can be rented for group dining.
Aside from its wealth of event locations, Greensboro's immense popularity as a meeting destination has been bolstered by recent downtown revitalization efforts. New entertainment and residential developments have enlivened Greensboro's downtown district, now home to more than 50 restaurants and nightclubs, three theaters and several museums and attractions. Not only is Greensboro's cityscape becoming trendier scene for guests, it's also an environmentally friendly one. In fact, the Department of Energy awarded Greensboro with entry into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2004.
Greensboro's thriving economy is based on such industries as manufacturing, textiles and insurance, as it serves as headquarters for such corporations as Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., VF Corporation, the International Textile Group and Lincoln Financial Group. Greensboro is also home to many prominent colleges and universities, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro College, Elon University School of Law, and Bennett College for Women.
A cultural, arts and entertainment hub in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Greensboro has grown to be a thriving, cosmopolitan locale. Purchased as a 42-acre tract of land in 1808, Greensboro started to experience real growth in the 1840s after its inclusion on a new railroad line. Its role as the "Gate City" continues today, as Greensboro serves as a major regional freight hub and a stop for two Amtrak passenger routes.
Despite its rapid growth in both size and population in the 20th century, Greensboro has not lost its charming personality and serene landscape. Situated among gently rolling hills and midway between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains in the west and Atlantic beaches in the east, Greensboro's natural beauty is unparalleled. Make the most of its breathtaking outdoors by walking the elevated boardwalk of the Bog Garden, home to the animals and plants native to the wetland ecosystem. Or, explore the 17-acre Greensboro Arboretum, home to display gardens and 12 permanent plant collections.
Nature lovers as well as history buffs can find something to love about attractions such as the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Here, 2.5 miles of trails take visitors past monuments and memorials honoring this Revolutionary War battle. History also comes alive at the Greensboro Historical Museum, home to thousands of local decorative arts and artifacts, including the world's largest collection of Confederate firearms. Offering a more modern perspective, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum chronicles civil rights history, focusing on current civil rights issues and freedom movements around the world.
Guests to Greensboro can also enjoy some of its culture at points of interest such as the Weatherspoon Art Museum, home to a nationally-recognized collection of more than 5,600 modern and contemporary works. The city's North Carolina A&T State University Galleries are considered one of the best collections of African culture in the country. Or, simply take a stroll along the streets of Old Greensborough, a revitalized turn-of-the-century district full of antique shops, galleries and cafes.
Touring all of Greensboro's attractions is sure to leave any visitor hungry, and luckily, the city does not disappoint with its dining scene. Indulge in bold global flavors at Table 16, or travel to Italy at the 19th century Tuscan plaza-like Green Valley Grill. Keeping in line with the city's commitment to eco-friendly living, Greensboro's Print Works Bistro serves delicious European fare from its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified restaurant. Clearly ahead of the curve, Greensboro proves it's possible to blend Old World style with contemporary flair.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
The city of Greensboro enjoys four distinct seasons, marked by warm, pleasant summers and cool winters. The city's warmest month is July, with an average high of 90°F and average low of 69°F and relatively low humidity. Greensboro's coldest month is December, with an average high of 48°F and average low of 31°F.
The city sees an average of just under four inches of snowfall every year, the majority of which falls in December and January. Greensboro experiences an average of 50 inches of rainfall every year, with May, June and July seeing the most precipitation. The most popular time to visit Greensboro is in the spring, which brings abundant sunshine and mild temperatures.
Guilford Convention Center
Meridian Convention Center
Greensboro Coliseum Complex
As one of the largest entertainment facilities in the Southeast, offering seating for up to 23,500 people, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex not surprisingly attracts about 800 events each year. Defined by flexibility, the coliseum offers a number of versatile venues of all types. The 167,000-square-foot Special Events Center is divisible into four halls. Halls offer 60,000 square feet for exhibits and seating for 4,500 people.
Also at the complex are the Coliseum Arena, which can seat up to 23,500 guests, and the War Memorial Auditorium, which can seat up to 2,736 guests. For smaller meetings and presentations, the 298-seat Odeon Theater is ideal. Meeting planners can also take advantage of 24 luxury suites.
Amenities at the complex include state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and cutting edge partitioning curtains that can create a wide range of configurations. Catering is offered by Centerplate, one of the largest providers of food services to the National Football League. The coliseum also has over 6,000 on-site parking spaces.
Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI)
Distance: 11 milesApproximate taxi fare: $31 USD
The Piedmont Triad International Airport sees nearly two million passengers per year as they travel on one of roughly 31 daily departures to locations throughout the United States. Located just a few miles west of downtown Greensboro, the airport's current facility first opened in 1982 and has since undergone many renovations and expansions. Today, it consists of one two-level, 296,000-square-foot terminal offering a total of 25 passenger gates. Piedmont Triad International is currently constructing a third runway, scheduled for fall 2009 completion.
The airport features a variety of amenities, including restaurants, retail shops and newsstands, as well as a lower level conference room that can accommodate up to 20 guests. The 299-room Greensboro Marriott Airport Hotel is conveniently located on the loop road between the terminal and the nearby Airport Parkway. Parking at Piedmont Triad International is available in the 2,000-space garage. Metered parking runs $0.25 per hour, while long-term parking starts at $5 per day.
Airline carriers serving Piedmont Triad International Airport
The Greensboro Amtrak station serves the Carolinian/Piedmont route, which provides daily service between Charlotte and New York City, with major stops in Raleigh, Richmond, Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. It also serves the Crescent route, which offers daily service between New Orleans and New York City. The station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Part of the Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA), Greensboro's public bus system operates within the 131 square miles defined as Greensboro's city limits. GTA's 42-bus fleet runs 15 daily routes and seven evening/Sunday routes, carrying more than three million passengers every year. The Joseph S. Koury Convention Center is a stop on the daytime Route 2 - Four Seasons route.
GTA daily routes run Monday through Friday from 5:15 AM to 6:30 PM, Saturday from 6 AM to 7 PM and Sunday from 6 AM to 6 PM. GTA evening routes run Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 PM and Saturday from 7 to 10 PM. One-way fares are $0.80 for children ages 6-18 and $1.20 for adults. One-day unlimited passes are $3.25 per passenger, while an 11-ride pass is $5.50 for children and $11 for adults. Children under 5 ride for free.
Several rental car agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz, are represented at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Agency counters are located outside of the baggage claim on the terminal ground floor.
Visitors to Greensboro can access several taxi companies outside of the baggage claim area at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Visitors should expect to pay about $20 in taxi fare from the airport to downtown Greensboro. Taxis can be hailed on the street throughout the downtown region or found at hotel taxi stands.
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