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 … Read More

Paige Sullivan April 16,2020

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 … Read More

Kent Kimes April 3,2020

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 … Read More

Kent Kimes March 20,2020

It’s official, GWCCA is a top place to work

The No. 1 convention, sports, and entertainment destination in the world is also a great place to work. Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) was awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, featured today (March 1) in a special section of the newspaper. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered … Read More

Kent Kimes March 1,2020

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: GWCCA's super year in review

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. It’s the last day of 2019, and what a year it was for the GWCCA. It began with a bang as the GWCCA campus hosted a flurry of … Read More

Kent Kimes December 31,2019

Tuesday Talk: GWCCA’s super year in review

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. It’s the last day of 2019, and what a year it was for the GWCCA. It began with a bang as the GWCCA campus hosted a flurry of … Read More

Kent Kimes

GWCCA grew partnership with Junior Achievement in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, taking stock of the year’s accomplishments is top of mind for many businesses and organizations, and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is no exception. The Authority continued to fulfill its mission of creating economic benefits for the Peach State and its capital city in 2019. But new … Read More

Jennifer Tinker December 27,2019

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

Tuesday Talk: Behind the scenes with "Richard Jewell" location scout

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. With the controversial “Richard Jewell” film hitting theaters nationwide on Friday (Dec. 13), interest in the events surrounding the deadly 1996 bomb blast at Centennial Olympic Park is … Read More

Kent Kimes December 10,2019

Tuesday Talk: Behind the scenes with “Richard Jewell” location scout

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. With the controversial “Richard Jewell” film hitting theaters nationwide on Friday (Dec. 13), interest in the events surrounding the deadly 1996 bomb blast at Centennial Olympic Park is … Read More

Kent Kimes

Tuesday Talk: A game-changing year for 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. Game changer – a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. – Merriam-Webster The GWCCA is changing the game … Read More

Kent Kimes December 3,2019

Tuesday Talk: Big rigs, MLS playoffs and Halloween treats

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. With gleaming new big rigs lined up out front on Andrew Young International Blvd., it can only mean one thing: the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show is … Read More

Kent Kimes October 29,2019

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: 5 Questions with GWCCA's New Director of Convention Sales

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. Kim Allison’s journey within the hospitality and convention industry has come full circle. The GWCCA’s new senior director of convention sales, Allison previously served as director of sales … Read More

Kent Kimes October 8,2019

Tuesday Talk: 5 Questions with GWCCA’s New Director of Convention Sales

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. Kim Allison’s journey within the hospitality and convention industry has come full circle. The GWCCA’s new senior director of convention sales, Allison previously served as director of sales … Read More

Kent Kimes

Tuesday Talk: GWCC expansion update; Tour Championship parking

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. The Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) $55 million expansion project is charging toward a December completion date and the new exhibit hall continues to be a hub of … Read More

Kent Kimes August 13,2019

Tuesday Talk: Single-day OMF tickets; GWCCA's economic impact and more

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. For a limited time, single-day tickets for ONE Music Fest (OMF) – set for Sept. 7-8 at Centennial Olympic Park – are available. The locally-produced music festival is … Read More

Kent Kimes August 6,2019

Tuesday Talk: Single-day OMF tickets; GWCCA’s economic impact and more

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. For a limited time, single-day tickets for ONE Music Fest (OMF) – set for Sept. 7-8 at Centennial Olympic Park – are available. The locally-produced music festival is … Read More

Kent Kimes

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

Tuesday Talk: Atlanta’s championship campus gets greener

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 the GWCCA’s good neighbor, State Farm Arena, took its sustainability game to a new level, making the country’s greenest concentration of public assembly venues and attractions … Read More

Kent Kimes June 18,2019

Tuesday Talk: Appreciating skilled trades and teachers on GWCCA campus

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. Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1) is the inaugural National Skilled Trades Day, established to celebrate skilled trades workers and to also encourage more people to pursue trade schools and … Read More

Kent Kimes April 30,2019

Tuesday Talk: Smart city, volleyballers and brawlers

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. GET SMART! Here in Atlanta, we like to think we’re smart, cutting edge problem solvers, and a new event coming to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in … Read More

Kent Kimes April 2,2019

GWCCA’s Championship Campus: Super Bowl LIII by the numbers

It’s been two weeks since the day dubbed as “Mass Exodus Monday” when a record 101,999 passengers were screened at Atlanta’s airport on their way out of town after the Super Bowl. Widely hailed as a resounding success and further proof that Atlanta is the preeminent host city, Super Bowl LIII provided an opportunity for … Read More

Kent Kimes February 19,2019

GWCCA's Championship Campus: Super Bowl LIII by the numbers

It’s been two weeks since the day dubbed as “Mass Exodus Monday” when a record 101,999 passengers were screened at Atlanta’s airport on their way out of town after the Super Bowl. Widely hailed as a resounding success and further proof that Atlanta is the preeminent host city, Super Bowl LIII provided an opportunity for … Read More

Kent Kimes

Focal Point: GWCCA releases 2018 annual report

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is one of Georgia’s greatest assets for economic growth and tourism, and it’s easy to see why in our fiscal year 2018 annual report (July 2017 – June 2018) entitled Focal Point. It is both a review and a celebration of our many accomplishments as well as a … Read More

Holly Richmond January 17,2019

GWCCA by the numbers: 2018 in review

In this age of analytics, numbers can tell important stories. Quite simply, numbers illustrate the state of our business – and once again, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) fiscal year 2018 narrative is a success story. Be sure to explore the recently published Focal Point: Annual Report 2018, which is chock full of … Read More

Kent Kimes January 15,2019

Making memories: Georgia Dome’s historic status officially marked

What’s your fondest memory of the Georgia Dome? Although the Dome became relegated to history when it was imploded on Nov. 20, 2017, its storied role as an economic, architectural and cultural icon was commemorated today as the Georgia Historical Society unveiled its latest Business History Initiative (BHI) historical marker at the site of the … Read More

Kent Kimes September 6,2018

GWCCA’s Chief Commercial Officer goes podcasting on “The Don and Mike Show”

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) Chief Commercial Officer Joe Bocherer is the featured guest on the latest edition of Exhibit City News’ podcast “The Don and Mike Show,” which hit the Net today. Recorded in June at the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association Summer Educational Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., Bocherer chats with the … Read More

Kent Kimes August 4,2018

GWCCA's Chief Commercial Officer goes podcasting on "The Don and Mike Show"

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) Chief Commercial Officer Joe Bocherer is the featured guest on the latest edition of Exhibit City News’ podcast “The Don and Mike Show,” which hit the Net today. Recorded in June at the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association Summer Educational Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., Bocherer chats with the … Read More

Kent Kimes

Coming full circle: From the meeting room to the classroom

“It’s evolution… eventually the student becomes the teacher.” – Big Sean As another academic year is winding down and graduation season will soon be upon us, the above quote from chart-topping rapper Big Sean rings true, especially in the case of two of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) own, my colleague Tim Trefzer … Read More

Alicia McNease May 4,2018

Former Georgia Dome site clearing – what’s next?

If you haven’t visited the GWCCA campus since the Georgia Dome implosion in November, you’re in for quite a surprise. Gone are the concrete, metals, fabrics and equipment of all types that served as the foundation for a venue that forever altered Atlanta’s and Georgia’s cultural, architectural, and economic landscape as well as created millions … Read More

Holly Richmond March 9,2018

Former Georgia Dome site clearing – what's next?

If you haven’t visited the GWCCA campus since the Georgia Dome implosion in November, you’re in for quite a surprise. Gone are the concrete, metals, fabrics and equipment of all types that served as the foundation for a venue that forever altered Atlanta’s and Georgia’s cultural, architectural, and economic landscape as well as created millions … Read More

Holly Richmond

Oscars connection: “Baby Driver” drives Academy Award clout for GWCCA campus

Amid the glitz, glamour, pomp and circumstance of the 90th Academy Awards presented tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta campus will have a supporting role. That’s because Oscar-nominated action flick “Baby Driver” was filmed in part at the GWCCA’s Red Deck, Gold Deck and now-defunct Georgia … Read More

Kent Kimes March 4,2018

Oscars connection: "Baby Driver" drives Academy Award clout for GWCCA campus

Amid the glitz, glamour, pomp and circumstance of the 90th Academy Awards presented tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta campus will have a supporting role. That’s because Oscar-nominated action flick “Baby Driver” was filmed in part at the GWCCA’s Red Deck, Gold Deck and now-defunct Georgia … Read More

Kent Kimes
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