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Making HERstory 2024 an Impactful Experience for Attendees

        The last Wednesday in March has become synonymous with Making HERstory Day at Georgia World Congress Center. GWCCA hosted its 2nd Annual Making HERstory event on March 27, 2024, where attendees gathered in Georgia World Congress Center Building C. They were greeted by a variety of local vendors as well snacks […]

Georgia World Congress Center Authority to honor women leaders during 2nd Annual Making HERstory event in celebration of Women’s History Month

Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) announced the return of its highly anticipated event, the 2nd Annual Making HERstory, in celebration of Women’s History Month. Scheduled for March 27, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET at Auditorium C101 of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Making HERstory aims to honor the achievements of […]

Georgia World Congress Center Authority to Host Diverse Business Summit

Georgia attracts more than 152 million domestic and international guests each year, presenting a tremendous opportunity for local, small businesses to reach new audiences. GWCCA is dedicated to helping increase opportunities to its campus and tourism for emerging and small businesses.

Georgia World Congress Center Authority Launches Community Legacy Program in Partnership with Signia by Hilton Atlanta

Last week, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), in partnership with Signia by Hilton Atlanta, launched its Community Legacy Program designed to make an impact on the Atlanta community in four key focus areas: Education, Food Insecurity, Homelessness, and Human Trafficking. The launch of the program aligned with the grand opening of the hotel which is located on GWCCA’s championship campus. Signia by Hilton Atlanta officially started welcoming guests this month.

Signia by Hilton Debuts Flagship Hotel in Downtown Atlanta at Georgia World Congress Center

ATLANTA – (Jan. 12, 2024) – Today, Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the highly anticipated opening of the 976-room Signia by Hilton Atlanta, marking the first new build and Georgia hotel for the Signia by Hilton brand, and Atlanta’s largest ground-up hotel development project in 40 years. Inclusive of the property’s debut, Atlanta represents Hilton’s largest […]

Georgia World Congress Center Authority Announces Kelvin Moore As New General Manager Of Savannah Convention Center

GWCCA’s Jennifer LeMaster assumes role of contract administrator (ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2024) – Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) today announced the appointment of industry veteran Kelvin Moore as the new general manager of Savannah Convention Center (SCC). Moore joins the Authority leadership team from ASM Global, a venue and event management company specializing in […]

Public Notice: Warning Siren Tests on GWCCA Campus

Georgia World Congress Center Authority has recently enhanced its campus safety measures with the addition of a new outdoor warning siren and speaker system designed to keep our campus community and neighbors informed and safe during emergencies such as severe weather events. It is linked to the National Weather Service, ensuring real-time updates. This system […]

GWCCA Campus Update

On Sept. 14, Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s campus was hit with four inches of rain in 20 minutes causing significant impacts across the campus. Due to this historic rainfall, elevators IP5 and IP6 located in the southwest corner of the Red Parking Deck (closest to Mercedes-Benz Stadium) have suffered damage and are inaccessible. The […]

GWCCA hosts Team Summit 2023

Georgia World Congress Center Authority hosted TEAM SUMMIT 2023: Unconventional Leaders, on Aug. 23 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Team Summit is GWCCA’s annual one-day leadership experience that ignites growth and delivers resources for personal and organizational development.

GWCCA Team Members Lend a Hand

In July, Georgia World Congress Center Authority team members took their brand service promise to create compelling experiences off championship campus as a team of volunteers served at Open Hand Atlanta, packing nearly two thousand health-promoting meals for their neighbors who are homebound, disabled, or simply too sick to prepare their own meals.

Look Up Atlanta 2023 Recap

July 28, 2023 On Saturday, July 1, Look Up Atlanta filled the skyline with fireworks and the downtown community with joy. “Look Up Atlanta is the largest metropolitan fireworks show in the country that celebrates Independence Day by showcasing the best of Atlanta for Atlantans,” said Jennifer LeMaster, Chief Administrative Officer. Taking place every July […]

GWCCA Team Members Volunteer for Earth Day 2023

As part of Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s commitment to support sustainability on its campus and throughout its community, GWCCA team members dug in at Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture in April. Truly Living Well is the largest urban farm in Georgia, and it educates and trains the community to achieve sustainable […]

Message of Hope Delivered at RX and Illicit Drug Summit

The annual RX and Illicit Drug Summit gathered stakeholders “from federal to family” this week at Georgia World Congress Center seeking solutions to end the prescription drug misuse and illicit drug use epidemics in the United States.

Making HERstory Tea Wraps up GWCCA’s WHM Celebrations

The inaugural Making HERstory Tea event wrapped up The Authority’s Women’s History Month celebrations on Wednesday with a fireside chat between GWCCA’s Chief Administrative Officer Jen LeMaster and Director of Strategic Partnerships Shavannia Williams. The fireside chat was followed by a panel discussion with women leaders from the convention, sports, and entertainment industry from around Atlanta.

GWCCA Celebrates Sustainability with re:loom

GWCCA team members have been volunteering at the re:loom store throughout the month of March, where they work on repurposing recycled fabrics to make new products for the community.

GWCCA Celebrates Black History Month

Georgia World Congress Center Authority is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events organized by its JEDI Council. An acronym for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, the JEDI Council coordinated several events for GWCCA Team Members on and off campus to celebrate and appreciate Black culture across the city of Atlanta.

IPPE More than Chickens and Eggs for Many

The International Production and Processing Expo, better known as IPPE, at Georgia World Congress Center is THE event for the meat, poultry, and feed industries every year. 2023 marked IPPE’s 47th expo held here at GWCC. Over 130 countries were represented at IPPE 2023, and more than 25,000 visitors came to the city for the expo. A big part of the event is showcasing the latest technology, equipment, supplies, and services, but some attendees came to GWCC looking for more than just the latest and greatest instruments and tech.

Teri Agosta Appointed General Manager of Signia by Hilton Atlanta

Hilton Brands announced Teri Agosta has been appointed general manager of Signia by Hilton Atlanta, the new 975-room hotel currently under construction on Championship Campus. Expected to open in late 2023, Signia by Hilton Atlanta will be connected to GWCC and will overlook the Mercedes-Benz Stadium sports and entertainment complex. Agosta will be responsible for […]

SweetWater 420 Fest finalizes festival lineup, single day tickets on sale

ATLANTA, January 21, 2022 – SweetWater Brewery Company and Happy Ending Productions are excited to announce the addition of Gov’t Mule and Thievery Corporation to complete the 2022 SweetWater 420 Festival Lineup. Single Day Tickets and the festival’s final daily lineup are now available. The String Cheese Incident (2 sets) and Snoop Dogg on Friday […]

GWCC Hosts 9/11 Day Foundation’s annual National Day of Service & Remembrance

Georgia World Congress Center hosted the 9/11 Day Foundation’s annual National Day of Service and Remembrance community service activity for Atlanta last Saturday. In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the foundation hosted a meal packing event in Building C of GWCC. The 9/11 Day is a non-profit created […]

Happy Summer & Pollinator Week from the GWCCA Honeybees!

GWCCA bees are back and bee-tter than ever! But what exactly have our bees been up to this year? In January, our bees were in a temporary location near our loading docks, awaiting a brand new home adjacent to the beltline connector. Inside the hives, the honeybees were clustered in a ball around the queen […]

GWCCA Celebrates World Bee Day

On World Bee Day, we celebrate the important role bees play in our ecosystem and how we can look to them to build better environments, better leaders, and better communities. The GWCCA bees returned to campus on Earth Day, April 22, in newly designed homes inspired by those same pillars that lead GWCCA Sustainability and […]

GWCCA Earth Month Volunteer Planting

The Authoricast | Episode 15: Behind the Bees-iness with Bee Downtown

On the newest episode of The Authoricast we have a chat with the founder and CEO of Bee Downtown, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner as a part of our earth month content here at GWCCA.. Bee Downtown installs and maintains beehives on corporate campuses including ours, that rebuild healthy honeybee populations while simultaneously powering Employee Engagement Programming and […]

Urban Beekeeping Panel Discussion

Poached Peach Salad with GWCCA Executive Chef Billy Velasquez

To celebrate Earth Month, Georgia World Congress Center Authority Executive Chef Billy Velasquez and Janet Sevilla (Manager, Sustainability & CSR) offered a simple recipe utilizing fresh honey from on-site bees to make at home. The GWCC Peach Salad utilizes poached peaches and the house special Green Goodness Honey Dressing.

GWCCA Beehives Photo Gallery

GWCCA Bees are Back!

Georgia World Congress Center Authority and Bee Downtown are happy to welcome back bees to Championship Campus! The partnership between GWCCA’s Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility department and Bee Downtown is in its fourth year of existence.

GWCCA honors the proud history of Black Greek-Lettered Organizations

African-American Black Greek-lettered Organizations (BGLOs) began more so out of purpose than trend. They were formed to unite like-minded black collegiate students with the common goal of self-betterment and service to their respective communities. Collectively, they are referred to as the Divine Nine and are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Phi Alpha was […]

Dr. Charles Drew, The Father of the Blood Bank

If you or a loved one donated or received blood, then you have Dr. Charles Richard Drew to thank for the development of enhanced storage of blood plasma and higher quality in the process of providing transfusions. Dr. Charles Richard Drew, an African American surgeon and researcher, known as the “Father of the Blood Blank,” […]

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GWCCA military veterans reflect on service on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday observed annually on Nov. 11. This Year, we asked several veterans at Georgia World Congress Center Authority to reflect on their experiences and service.

Big Night Out recap: Live music safely returns to Centennial Olympic Park

Live music emphatically returned to Centennial Olympic Park the weekend of Oct. 23-25 with Big Night Out, downtown Atlanta’s first socially distanced concert series. Each night, attendees experienced a concert like they have never seen before in 4- and 6-person private pods. Friday night kicked off with Moon Taxi and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, followed […]

GWCCA Celebrates LatinX/Hispanic Heritage Month

LatinX/Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long national celebration recognizing the accomplishments and influences of Hispanic Americans in the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Today, on the final day of this celebration which began on September 15, we share some of the contributions that have enriched our campus and workforce. Georgia World Congress Center […]

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Tuesday Talk: Savannah Convention Center’s Action Star

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. Lidija Ahmetovic, Atlanta-based sales manager for the GWCCA-managed Savannah Convention Center (SCC), has been named as a member of Connect Corporate magazine’s 2020 40 Under 40 class recognizing […]

The Tip-off: The Final Four that never was still made community impact

Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus was sure to be brimming with excitement and activity in celebration of college basketball during the first weekend in April. The champs would cut down the nets and the “One Shining Moment” montage would scroll on millions of screens. The culmination of March Madness wasn’t supposed […]

Tuesday Talk: GWCCA salutes Administrative Professionals Day

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. On March 13 – Friday the 13th no less – Sharde Glore and her fellow administrative assistants in the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) sales department packed […]

Earth Day: Celebrating the successes of Greenbuild at GWCCA

With Earth Day celebrating its 50th anniversary on Wednesday (April 22), it’s a great opportunity to dive into the recently-published results from the world’s largest gathering of green building professionals dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. We’re talking about the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, of course, which was held in November on the […]

The Progress Report: supporting downtown Atlanta during COVID-19

The COVID-19 public health situation continues to involve and impact Downtown Atlanta residents, offices, small businesses, hotels, cultural institutions, and venues, including those owned and managed by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA). At Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID), our priority is to continue to serve as a resource […]

Tuesday Talk: Blue, Black and Gold

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Lighting up the downtown evening landscape last Thursday (April 9), the collection of facilities on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) […]

GWCCA Goes Blue for Healthcare and Frontline Workers

At 8 tonight, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) will join together with many venues, bridges, and historic buildings across the country lighting national landmarks blue to honor frontline workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the #MakeItBlue campaign, GWCCA’s International Plaza, the Southern Company Amphitheater at Centennial Olympic Park, and […]

Tuesday Talk: GWCC’s new exhibit hall wins industry award

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. While the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) new $55 million expansion exhibit hall is already a hit with customers, the project is also earning construction industry respect. Exhibit […]

Meet The Authoricast, GWCCA’s new podcast

We’re pleased to announce that the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has joined the dynamic world of podcasting. Hosted and produced by GWCCA Marketing Specialist Parker Hendricks and this blog author (Sr. Staff Writer Kent Kimes), the debut episode of The Authoricast was released today. You can check it out here. Episodes will be […]

Tuesday Talk: The Night the Lights Went Out at GWCCA

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. When the lights went out Saturday night (March 28) on GWCCA’s downtown Atlanta campus it wasn’t an accident, grid malfunction or anything to do with the coronavirus pandemic. Rather, […]

GWCCA’s Frank Poe: Leader, Mentor, Motivator, Icon

Frank Poe had it mapped out – he was going to be a history teacher.  Instead, he’s making history within the convention, sports and events industry – while continually teaching, leading and inspiring his staff and earning the adulation of his peers.  “He’s an icon within the industry,” said Al Rojas, General Manager of the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss. Rojas worked […]

Trailblazers: Women leaders making their mark at GWCCA

Like the business side of sports and the landscape of national politics, women are also changing the fabric of public assembly facilities – and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is a leading force. According to the Atlanta-based Castell Project, a non-profit focused on increasing diversity in hospitality industry leadership, men are 10 times […]

Creating a Championship Campus

By Joe Bocherer, Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia World Congress Center Authority  The Georgia World Congress Center Authority continues to gain momentum in 2020 with several game-changing projects. Designed with current and future customers in mind, we will continue to transform our downtown Atlanta campus into one that is unrivaled in North America. We are creating […]

Tuesday Talk: Meet the GWCCA’s new sustainability and CSR Manager

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. If you’re an Atlanta baseball fan, you’ve probably seen or heard of Los Bravos, an outreach/branding campaign targeting the local Latino community. The person who spearheaded that program […]

Landmarks & Legacies: Zell Miller Conference Center

A public servant, best-selling author, educator, military veteran, and Fox News contributor, Zell Miller was a man of many hats. On the cusp of the two-year anniversary (March 23, 2018) of his death, this installment of Landmarks & Legacies looks at the origins of the Zell Miller Conference Center at the Georgia World Congress Center […]