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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuesday Talk: Centennial Olympic Park Visitor Center Update

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. Amid the concerns surrounding COVID-19, Discover Atlanta’s Visitor Information Center at Centennial Olympic Park is closed through March 27, while the Park itself remains open to pedestrian traffic. […]

Tuesday Talk: Haley, Mannings and Jost headlining MODEX 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. MODEX, the largest manufacturing and supply chain expo of 2020, continues its star-studded lineup at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), including keynote speakers Peyton Manning and Archie […]

Landmarks & Legacies: Soccer ball sculpture at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a kick

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. Perhaps you’ve posed for a selfie with the enormous, reflective stainless steel soccer ball overlooking The Home Depot Backyard when you attended an Atlanta United game at state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Stadium (MBS). But did […]

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Tuesday Talk: Halsey added to JamFest lineup 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. Completing an all-female lineup for the Capital One JamFest at Centennial Olympic Park, pop singer-songwriter Halsey, along with up-and-coming artist Tayla Parx, will open for megastar Taylor Swift. […]

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 […]

The Tip-off: Come on, let’s bounce on GWCCA’s championship campus

Remember that epic fast food commercial with basketball legends Larry Bird and Michael Jordan sinking outlandish shots while playing a game of H.O.R.S.E. that spilled out of the gym and into urban environments? “Off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall – nothing but net,” says Jordan as […]

Plan ahead for weekend events on GWCCA campus

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown campus and surrounding areas will host a variety of overlapping events from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1, bringing heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic to downtown Atlanta. Here’s a look at some events taking place on the GWCCA campus this weekend: Friday, Feb. 28: Atlanta International […]

Tuesday Talk: Getting revved up for Atlanta International Auto Show

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. One of the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) longest-running and most popular public events returns this week as the 38th annual Atlanta International Auto Show (AIAS) sets up […]

Landmarks & Legacies: GWCC’s Sidney J. Marcus Auditorium

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. Thirty-five years ago today, the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) largest auditorium took on the name of one of the convention center’s most ardent supporters. The 1,726-seat Sidney J. Marcus Auditorium in GWCC’s Building […]

Tuesday Talk: Finally, The Rock has come back to 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. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Last week Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his business partner Dany Garcia announced that their multi-faceted event Athleticon is coming to the […]

The Progress Report: Downtown Ambassador Force extends campus hospitality

Each year, Downtown Atlanta welcomes more than 50 million visitors, many of whom come to the area to attend meetings, events, and conventions at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) campus. Thus, tourism and hospitality are priority areas for Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID). Our collective efforts aim to, […]

The Tip-off: GWCCA campus embraces fourth Final Four

It won’t be the first time the GWCCA campus has gone dancing. Hosting the culmination of The Big Dance for the fourth time, GWCCA’s 220-plus acre downtown Atlanta campus and surrounding area are poised to transform into a hotbed of hoops for the 2020 NCAA Final Four the first weekend in April. While the GWCCA […]

Tuesday Talk: The D-OH Double G at C.O.P.

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): The suddenly controversial again rapper Snoop Dogg has joined the lineup for 2020 Sweetwater 420 Fest taking place April 24-26 at Centennial […]

Landmarks & Legacies: Centennial Olympic Park Magnolia Tribute Garden

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. What do you give philanthropists as a thank you gift? For the people and organizations that donated $27 million to a capital renovation plan to reimagine Centennial Olympic Park, logoed tchotchkes didn’t seem appropriate. […]

Tuesday Talk: Poultry, meats and sweet 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. Expand it and they will come. While the final numbers aren’t verified yet, last week’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) […]

The Tip-off: Final Four reading competition a slam dunk with students

Selection Sunday is one of the most exciting days in collegiate sports. It’s when NCAA basketball teams find out if they’re going to the Big Dance. The tournament brackets are revealed on live TV, and the broadcast usually features the jubilant reactions of players and their fans/fellow students. Channeling that aura of excitement and anticipation, […]

Tuesday Talk: GWCC’s new $55 million exhibit hall open for business

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 a snip of over-sized scissors, the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) brand new $55 million expansion exhibit hall made its official debut today (Jan. 28). On the […]

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 […]