Landmarks & Legacies: Ivan Allen, Jr.’s imprint on GWCCA campus

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. Atlanta is among the fastest-growing large cities in the country, according to a report published by WalletHub, and its continued growth and success are due in large part to visionary city leaders both past … Read More

Jaleesa Fears January 22,2020

Tuesday Talk: Mayor invokes MLK, touts Final Four as a unifier

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. Last week’s tipoff event to promote the return of the NCAA Men’s Final Four to Atlanta and the GWCCA campus also coincided with a significant milestone in the … Read More

Kent Kimes January 21,2020

Last-minute GWCCA Holiday Gift Guide for 2019

It’s that time of year again. The gift-giving season is upon us, leaving shoppers with the task of trying to find out-of-the-ordinary, yet affordable options, all while the clock is ticking. But here’s a bit of holiday cheer: unConventional has done the legwork for you. Here are some easy, unConventional if you will, gift ideas … Read More

Kent Kimes December 16,2019

The Progress Report: Downtown Atlanta’s public-private successes

Editor’s Note: The Progress Report is a new unConventional quarterly series that explores the relationship between Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) have a long-standing and rich relationship with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA). CAP/ADID represents … Read More

Paige Sullivan November 28,2019

Tuesday Talk: T. Swift headlines free Final Four fest at Centennial Olympic Park

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): Taylor Swift is returning to the GWCCA campus for the third stint in five years as the NCAA announced late last week … Read More

Kent Kimes November 12,2019

Imagine a day without water on the GWCCA campus?

H20 doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think about the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) sprawling 220-acre downtown Atlanta campus. Yet, water plays an important day-to-day role, from operations to aesthetics to the guest experience. For instance, what would Centennial Olympic Park be without its iconic Fountain of Rings which provides hours of … Read More

Kent Kimes October 23,2019

Tuesday Talk: Outlook for meetings and events in Atlanta looks bright in 2020

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. Atlanta has moved into the Top 10 cities in North America for meetings and events for 2020, according to projections compiled by CWT M&E, the meetings and events … Read More

Kent Kimes September 10,2019

ONE Musicfest brings the heat to Centennial Olympic Park

ONE Musicfest got off to a blistering start Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park. Despite temperatures that soared into the mid-90s, more than 14,000 festival-goers found ways to beat the heat with personal cooling devices, church-style fans handed out by vendors, grabbing bits of shade under the Park’s tree canopy and staying hydrated via free water … Read More

Kent Kimes September 8,2019

National Tailgating Day: Home Depot Backyard is the place for pre-gaming

Football season is here and The Home Depot Backyard is your one-stop destination for pregame festivities before Atlanta Falcons games all season long. In honor of National Tailgating Day (Saturday, Sept. 7), unConventional checked in with The Home Depot Backyard, a beautiful, 11-acre green space that is situated on the site of the former Georgia Dome … Read More

Parker Hendricks September 6,2019

Retooled Centennial Olympic Park visitor center now open

Meet the new Visitor Information Center at Centennial Olympic Park. Now open, the refreshed space located near the popular Fountain of Rings is a collaboration between the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). The discerning eye may notice the swirling, circular Atlanta logo (that’s ACVB’s) on the building … Read More

Jennifer Tinker July 10,2019

GWCCA Campus: Summer beckons in the Backyard

With temperatures rising, the sun shining and summer officially kicking off Friday (June 21), outdoor activities, happy hours, and tailgating events have reappeared in Atlanta again.  Right on cue, The Home Depot Backyard on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus is in full swing with summertime initiatives including health and wellness … Read More

Ikram Omar June 20,2019

Guess Who’s Back? Hot 107.9 Block Party at Centennial Olympic Park

The Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash ATL Block Party returns Saturday (June 15) to Centennial Olympic Park on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus. Recently revealed, this year’s live performances will consist of R&B recording artist Jacquees and other performers such as Fly, Calboy, B. Smyth, Venus, Kamillion, YK Osiris, Skooly, Pop … Read More

Ikram Omar June 13,2019

GWCCA’s July 4 celebration back at Centennial Olympic Park for 2019

It’s baaaaaaaaaack. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) annual free, family-friendly Independence Day celebration is back on familiar ground for 2019, returning to Centennial Olympic Park. Last year’s event was staged at the GWCCA’s International Plaza due to construction and renovation of the Park. But the $27 million capital improvement projects are now complete … Read More

Kent Kimes June 5,2019

Mexico vs. Venezuela: International futbol flair returns to GWCCA campus

Before the reigning MLS Champions, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz were a reality, big-time soccer was getting its introduction to Atlanta at the former Georgia Dome on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) campus. On June 24, 2009, Mexico and Venezuela played the first international friendly (exhibition) soccer game at the Georgia Dome. The crowd … Read More

Parker Hendricks June 3,2019

Tuesday Talk: Centennial Yards, Synergy and MomoCon

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): Last week, The Gulch, the vast array of parking lots and railroad tracks which abut the GWCCA campus and is a popular tailgating spot for Atlanta United … Read More

Kent Kimes May 21,2019
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