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

It’s the jam: Everyone Orchestra takes 420 improvisations to heart

Jam bands are generally defined as groups that incorporate long sections of improvising – or jamming – into their live shows. While infusing many other genres throughout its 15-year history, the Sweetwater 420 Fest’s bread-and-butter has remained artists associated with the jam band scene, from Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart to Umphrey’s McGee, and this … Read More

Kent Kimes April 20,2019

ACVB touts future of Atlanta hospitality at GWCCA’s Georgia Ballroom

Is there a more apt host site for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (ACVB) 106th Annual Meeting than the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world? Neither Marty McFly or Doc Brown would argue. Featuring a “Back to the Future”-inspired theme, the ACVB program held Thursday (April 11) at the Georgia … Read More

Kent Kimes April 12,2019

2020 Final Four planning coming into focus on GWCCA championship campus

And then there were four – Auburn, Michigan State, Texas Tech, and Virginia were triumphant in their Elite Eight games over the weekend and are now off to the Final Four in Minneapolis.  The festivities begin on Friday (April 5) and culminate on Monday (April 8) with the Championship Game at U.S. Bank Stadium.  This … Read More

Erik Waldman April 3,2019