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If you are unsure who your ACVB representative is, please see below.

For association inquiries, please contact:

Anthony Molino
Director, Chicago Sales Office
Market: Midwest Association

For corporate inquiries, please contact:

Cindy Moss
National Sales Manager, Corporate Accounts
Market: California Association & Northern U.S. Corporate

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Danielle Appley-Epstein

Danielle Appley-Epstein
National Sales Manager
Market: East Coast, excluding GA and Mid-Atlantic (Peak rooms: 251+)
dappleyepstein@discoveratlanta.com

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Phil Gamon
National Sales Manager
HB NSO – Corporate and Association for West Coast Georgia and
Midwest Corporate (Peak Rooms: 251-1200)
404-922-8282
pgamon@discoveratlanta.com

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Why Atlanta is the
Place to Visit

Atlanta offers an unparalleled experience as one of the top convention cities in the country, and everyone is buzzing about the destination including Lonely Planet and National Geographic. These travel experts and global brands named Atlanta to their Best of Travel lists for 2022. There are many reasons why the destination is a great place for meetings, including its walkable convention and entertainment district.

In Atlanta, we pride ourselves on a collaborative hospitality community that is dedicated to making every meeting a success. Stop by booth 224 to learn why Atlanta is the perfect choice to host your next event.

Our Team

Charlene Lopez
Vice President, Sales

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David McAuley
Director, Washington, DC Area Sales Office

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Heather Turner
National Sales Manager, Washington, DC Area Sales Office

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Anthony Molino

Anthony Molino
Director, Chicago Area Sales Office

Thanks to Our Partners

DELTA

Sara Hardin
Sales Account Executive
Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Expositions
Delta Air Lines

Chris Colbert
Vice President of Sales
Cobb Travel & Tourism

Will Ramsey
Vice President, Sales
Georgia Aquarium

Kim Allison
Sr. Director of Convention Sales
Georgia World Congress Center

Lidija Ahmetovic
Sales Manager
Georgia World Congress Center

Samantha Alexander
Sales and Special Events Manager
Porsche Experience Center Atlanta

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Emerge 2022

Sacramento, CA
February 1 – 3, 2022

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Why Atlanta?

Atlanta offers an unparalleled experience as one of the top convention cities in the country, and everyone is buzzing about the destination including Lonely Planet and National Geographic. These travel experts and global brands named Atlanta to their Best of Travel lists for 2022. There are many reasons why the destination is a great place for meetings, including its walkable convention and entertainment district. Along with connectivity through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, nearly 107,000 hotel rooms in the metro region and the ever-evolving Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) campus, now is the time to book your next event in Atlanta. 

ACCESSIBILITY

Atlanta is one of the most accessible cities in the world and home to the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport. With more flights from more locations coming into Atlanta than any other airport in the world, Atlanta makes smart business sense. Unrivaled airlift and more transportation options make getting around Atlanta easier for target audiences to become attendees. Learn how Atlanta can take your meeting to new heights.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Atlanta Development

Atlanta’s hospitality portfolio will experience more than $486 million in new product over the next two years. 2022 will continue to see the expansion of Atlanta’s hotel portfolio—across Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. The city is gaining new hotel properties, expanding world-class venues and renovating existing facilities, creating an ever-evolving destination for visitors.

MEETING DISTRICTS

Atlanta Neighborhoods

Atlanta meeting districts are located in some of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods where visitors find charm, character and friendly people who keep attendees coming back time and again. From restaurants that please every palate to luxury shops and boutiques where you can spot the latest fashion trends, Atlanta is full of welcoming, vibrant citizens who, in true Southern fashion, make a business trip feel more like a visit with an old friend.
Within Atlanta’s unique and vibrant meeting districts, attendees can easily use their free time to explore all that Atlanta has to offer. From Downtown’s famous Peachtree Street – the main artery connecting these districts from south to north – to Midtown, the city’s heart of the arts, to Buckhead, the Beverly Hills of the East, visitors can simply step off the sidewalks of Peachtree Street to see what makes Atlanta special.

SPECIAL EVENT VENUES

Facilities & Venues

From flexible Atlanta meeting spaces to attractions and restaurants that double as one-of-a-kind event venues, Atlanta will make a lasting impression on your attendees. Whether you’re planning for a large tradeshow, corporate event or board meeting, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about Atlanta’s unique offerings or start your search here.

ATLANTA’S DINING SCENE

Atlanta's Dining Scene

Atlanta has long been overlooked and underappreciated as a culinary destination. This occurs despite many national media articles raving about the food scene and the best places to eat in Atlanta, including everything from The Wall Street Journal’s top three burgers in the nation to Bon Appetit’s best new restaurant in the country. 
Simply put, Atlanta is a foodie city that does not rely on outside validation but continues to innovate and thrive. Locals support the culinary community and, even in the midst of a pandemic, they’re keeping a majority of our restaurants open. Here’s a guide to whet your appetite and to what you’ve been missing.

Monica Green

Monica Green

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sales Manager, National Accounts

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Hilton Atlanta
Marriott Atlanta
Sheraton Atlanta

ATLANTA COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

VOLUNTEER AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are an integral part of today’s conference agendas. Conventions and events offer significant potential to positively impact the communities in which they are held. Service projects allow your attendees to connect more with the destination while forging new friendships with fellow attendees and deeper connections to your organization.

Atlanta is the proud home of several nonprofits that offer a variety of unique community service opportunities. Discover more about how you can bring together your attendees with projects and give-back opportunities that will create a lasting impact:

FEATURED PARTNERS

48in48

Small nonprofits often struggle to create and maintain a strong digital presence due to lack of funds and/or technical know how. 48in48 is dedicated to solving this problem by connecting nonprofits with skilled volunteers at weekend-long, hackathon-style events throughout the year. At each event, skilled marketing and technology professionals donate their time, skills and creativity to build free websites for nonprofits in need.  

During the past seven years, 48in48 has built more than 1,100 professional level websites for nonprofits – a giveback that exceeds $25 million. With these new and updated websites, nonprofits gain an enhanced digital footprint that attracts more volunteers and funding opportunities to increase impact in the communities they serve. While the organization has a global reach, its impact is local. A contribution to 48in48 has a multiplicative effect; every dollar donated provides $10 in value to its nonprofits.

100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.

With a goal to become the city’s strongest, most self-reliant African-American volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.’s mission is to improve quality of life by supporting and enhancing educational and economic opportunities, particularly for African American youth in the Atlanta community.

The 100 Black Men of Atlanta are a group of civic-minded men who dedicate their time and talents to mentoring Atlanta’s at-risk youth. Volunteer opportunities include leadership development and college preparatory services through its flagship program, Project Success. Since its inception in 1987, Project Success has helped break cycles of poverty, under-achievement and violence that plague the lives of many of Atlanta’s boys and girls, allowing them to reach their highest potential.

@Promise Youth Center

At-Promise Youth Center started in 2017 and provides pathways to success for youth in Atlanta and reduces the number of young people who negatively experience the criminal justice system from ages 12-24. The services provided include individual therapy, group therapy, educational assistance like tutoring, mentoring and GED classes, testing, workforce prep, arts instruction in music and filmmaking, as well as recreational activities.

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Community Food Bank‘s (ACFB) mission is to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering the community. It works with more than 700 nonprofit partners—including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, shelters and senior centers—to distribute nearly 70 million meals to more than 1 million people estimated to be food insecure in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

ACFB relies on volunteers every day to help with important tasks such as sorting and packing food donations, administrative work and more. Groups can engage in volunteering opportunities and food drive campaigns. Monetary donations are also welcomed and beneficial, $1 helps provide enough food for four meals.

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships and long-term relationships with families. Atlanta Habitat has worked with more than 5,000 family members to achieve the dream of affordable homeownership since 1983.

Volunteers can organize a group event or contribute individually. Each year, about 13,000 volunteers work alongside more than 100 new families to build, renovate, repair and paint homes among other volunteer opportunities. Any amount or type of gift empowers our mission to help a family build and buy their first home, seniors and military veterans to complete critical home repairs, Atlanta Habitat families to achieve education and entrepreneurial goals, revitalize neighborhoods and much more.

Atlanta Humane Society

Atlanta Humane Society stands strong today as it has for nearly 150 years. It is a no-kill shelter with a vision to increase animal services and impact more animals in the community. It believes the relationship between humans and animals has deep significance, and the organization calls on Atlanta and each other to take action.  

There are plenty of opportunities to help animals that work well with a group’s preferences and schedule. Volunteers help with socializing future companions, community engagement, administrative support, fostering animals and shelter medicine assistance.

Atlanta Mission

Atlanta Mission is the city’s largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children. From humble beginnings as a small soup kitchen and 20 bed shelter, it currently operates four facilities serving metro Atlanta’s homeless population. Atlanta Mission empowers and coaches people toward excellence by investing in the spiritual, personal and professional development of people and restoring and equipping them to intentional living.

Services provided are food and shelter, addiction recovery, job attainment, counseling and more. There are many ways to give and get involved with the Atlanta Mission community from supporting annual events like the Atlanta Mission 5K to shelter donations of all kinds.

BeLoved Atlanta

BeLoved Atlanta

Forced prostitution is rampant, trapping victims in a cycle of homelessness and addiction. BeLoved Atlanta provides safe homes and a two-year restoration program, equipping women with the power to create a new path in life. Its vision for each woman it works with is that she may heal from exploitation and addiction as a more true and full version of herself and reclaim the parts of herself that trafficking attempted to steal.

The staff offers a holistic approach to healing by crafting an individual treatment plan for each resident. The BeLoved program includes free housing, one-to-one professional counseling, group therapy, case-management, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, medical and legal assistance, financial planning, education and employment.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Established in 1960, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Their vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. They fulfill this mission through community, school and workplace-based mentoring programs. Since their founding, they have served 75,000 children with supportive relationships.

There are a variety of ways to give and get involved, including financial sponsorships of their program or special events (golf, gala, fashion show, etc.), keynote or town halls speaking engagement opportunities for their CEO or Bigs and seasonal volunteer opportunities such as backpack drives, activity kits, etc. Custom events are also available upon request.

CHRIS 180

CHRIS 180 helps children, young adults and families who have experienced trauma change the direction of their lives to become more productive, self-sufficient members of the community. They do this through mental health counseling, training, providing safe housing and real-world skill building. CHRIS 180’s goal is to help those it serves build resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.

There are many ways to give and get involved, and they are currently developing new in-person volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

Furkids

Furkids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats along with Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit. Furkids has rescued and altered more than 55,000 animals since its founding in 2002.

The shelter provides a wonderful volunteer opportunity for groups of all ages and sizes. Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer.

Hands on Atlanta

Hands On Atlanta

With a vision to make Atlanta the most civically engaged and equitable community in the world, Hands On Atlanta mobilizes the community to tackle the city’s most pressing needs. From fighting food insecurity to supporting students across Title 1 public schools, Hands On Atlanta annually engages 20,000 volunteers across its trusted, robust network of nonprofit and school partners to do something good.

From plug-and-play group volunteering opportunities to creating completely customizable civic engagement experiences for convention attendees, the organization offers fun and impacting solutions to do something good. 

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Meals On Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) was founded in 1965 to support seniors struggling with poverty, food insecurity and social isolation. Over more than 50 years, it has grown from a small soup kitchen to an organization serving more than 600,000 meals each year throughout the Atlanta area. It has also expanded program offerings to respond to other critical needs in the community and now offer multiple services to support both older adults and veterans, including home-delivered and congregate meals, home repair services and a food pantry for both seniors and their pets.

MOWA offers an array of both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities including letter writing, meal box decoration, meal delivery, stocking the pantry and hosting a food drive.

Next Generation Men and Women

Next Gen closes the opportunity gap for under-resourced high school students in Atlanta through exposure to college, career options and support.  We are dedicated to ensuring that every student is prepared to seize the opportunities life has to offer. We do this by partnering with high schools, local companies and colleges to provide under-resourced Atlanta high school students with the necessary exposure and support to graduate ready and committed to college and career.

Next Gen offers a variety of ways to plug-in and get involved including hosting an Exposure Experience at your workplace, volunteering at our annual fall Networking Night, or joining us in the spring for our annual Next Gen Block Party to celebrate our students.

SafeHouse Outreach

SafeHouse Outreach‘s (SHO) mission is to restore lives through faith, love and compassionate service.  

Breaking the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up and not just a hand-out, SHO is a nonprofit organization that aims to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. SHO provides support along with practical, emotional and physical assistance for the in-need and at-risk, helping integrate them back into society through time-tested programs. This is made possible by selfless, generous and loving SHO staff, volunteers and friends. 

Volunteer opportunities include both individual and group projects such as impact meals, city walks, outreach events and hosting drives.

Second Helpings Atlanta

Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA) is a nonprofit food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in the metro Atlanta area by rescuing healthy, nutritious surplus food and distributing it to those in need. The food rescued every day gets diverted from landfills and is used to feed those in need, making Atlanta a more environmentally responsible metropolitan area.

SHA offers a variety of programs and ways individuals and organizations can get involved to support its mission. The Large Event Food Rescue program provides a year-round source of high quality and nutritious food from Atlanta’s largest venues. Through corporate engagement, Second Helpings Atlanta partners with companies that have a passion for serving their communities and provides a variety of ways to get their employees engaged in supporting SHA’s food rescue mission.

Trees Atlanta

Since its beginnings, Trees Atlanta’s goals have been to plant new trees, conserve existing trees and educate the public on the many benefits of trees. As a proud steward of Atlanta’s urban forest, Trees Atlanta is a unique community resource for sustainable growth and design, educational programs and volunteer opportunities.

Trees Atlanta pursues its mission through a variety of programs including small and large tree planting, forest restoration, adult and youth education, tree care and advocacy. It has taken a grass roots approach by working directly with residents, neighborhood groups and schools to reach common conservation goals.

Urban League of Greater Atlanta

Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGATL) has been all about economic empowerment since its doors opened nearly 100 years ago. It is a dedicated person-to-person organization invested in the economic success of African-Americans and coaching them to a better life.

ULGATL focuses on six key tenets of economic success: education and job skills training; employment, careers and entrepreneurship; housing and community development; financial literacy and wealth creation; youth empowerment; and policy and legislative affairs. The League’s Pathways to Empowerment Program serves more than 3,200 individuals annually and donor support for these programs is also welcomed.

ADDITIONAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

Atlanta has numerous other organizations that do great work in our community. Please use this directory to find one that aligns with your mission and goals. Contact your convention services manager for help making a valuable connection and start a project that will leave a lasting impact in your convention city.

The above is a small sampling of our partners.

ASAE Annual Meeting

Atlanta Community Pop-UP

Atlanta ASAE Community Pop-UP

Monday, August 16, 2021

Miss the face-to-face environment and ready to celebrate in-person? Atlanta is proud to be selected as an ASAE Annual Meeting Community Pop-UP host city.

This half-day, in-person event will provide attendees with networking, programming and industry discussions! Registration is now closed.  For questions please contact ACVB staff listed below.  We look forward to connecting with you soon! 

LOCATION


Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Guests choosing to stay overnight can take advantage of a $139.00 rate offered for August 15 & 16. Click here to book.

SCHEDULE

Monday, August 16

8:30-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 -9:15 a.m.Welcome & Announcements
9:15–10:45 a.m. Watch Party: ASAE Annual Meeting
 

Individual Honor Awards & Recognition
Opening Keynote

10:45–11:00 a.m.Break
11:00–11:45 a.m.Community Pop-UP Keynote
Curve Benders – How Strategic Relationships Can Power Your Association Growth in the Future, David Nour

For most association professionals learning is linear – but we believe when it comes to relationships, a different lens is needed. Time and again, people enter our lives that dramatically alter both the direction and destination of our lives. I call enablers of this adaptive and accelerated non-linear growth, Curve Benders. So, who are your Curve Benders and how do you find them? More importantly, how do you become one in the lives of others?

Join ACVB and bestselling author, David Nour, as he shares key insights from his 11th book, Curve Benders, at the intersection of the future of work, strategic relationships, and non-linear growth
11:45a.m.–12:05 p.m. LIVE from the Community Pop-UPs
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Interactive Group Session with David Nour
1:30 p.m. Event Ends
David Nour

Bestselling author, David Nour is internationally recognized as the leading expert on applications of strategic relationships in profitable growth, sustained innovation, and lasting change. Nour serves as a trusted advisor to global clients and coaches corporate leaders. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and was named to the Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals and the Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2021 lists. A Forbes Leadership contributor on the Future of Work, and an Inc. contributor on Relationship Economics. He’s also the host of the popular Curve Benders podcast.  Learn more at www.NourGroup.com.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Event Mask Protocols

In accordance with current local guidelines, we want to communicate wearing a mask is highly recommended for all guests, and required for non-vaccinated guests with the exception while actively eating/drinking. For updates to the protocol be sure to check the pre-event email that will be sent in advance of the Community Pop-UP. 

Parking

Daily event valet parking at Hyatt Regency Atlanta is $15 and based on availability. For maps and additional nearby parking options, click here.

EVENT PARTNERS

Georgia Society of Association Executives
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
NOURGROUP

CONTACT US

Charlene Lopez
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice President, Sales

Kristin Delhunt

Kristin Delahunt
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice President, Convention Services

                    

ATLANTA PUBLIC SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS

Atlanta’s convention community, public safety and transit partners are prepared for your attendees’ arrival and extend a warm welcome to the heart of our city!

In downtown Atlanta, 11 public safety agencies share jurisdiction, with more than 500 police dedicated to providing services within the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead meeting districts. These agencies, in partnership with Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and Ambassador Force, immediately address quality of life issues dealing with illegal solicitors and homelessness.

The APD foot beat unit is assigned to our heavily traveled pedestrian corridors commonly used by conventioneers and visitors. Officers patrol the hotel district and walking routes around Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia World Congress Center and major attractions. To enhance physical patrols, our safety agencies also rely on the collaborative monitoring of two resourceful tools:

Atlanta Police Foundation

Operation Shield

Operation Shield enhances APD’s efforts throughout the city using 400+ cameras that monitor our meeting districts to help with public safety issues. These cameras help APD identify traffic concerns, criminal investigation calls and more. Private and city-owned cameras are integrated into the Video Integration Center (VIC), allowing APD to prevent incidents and quickly solve crimes.

Comnet Communication

APD Security Communication Network

ComNet is a link between private security and APD via a two-way, UFH radio network. ComNet provides local businesses with an efficient communications link between private/corporate security teams and APD. The ComNet program facilitates APD’s community policing efforts, bringing eyes and ears to city streets that effectively produce an anti-crime force multiplier.

Downtown Ambassador Force Patrol

Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and Downtown Ambassador Force

Ambassadors staff a visitor information booth located at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Andrew Young International Boulevard as a welcome and wayfinding source for convention guests. Mobile ambassadors patrol Downtown (6 a.m. – midnight, Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. – midnight, Saturday-Sunday) via Segways, bikes and on foot. Ambassadors also operate a 24-hour operations center and monitor Downtown’s surveillance cameras. All patrol officers are trained to assist in medical emergencies with direct radio contact to emergency responders. With ambassadors knowing every inch of Downtown, they provide the best routes (by foot, car or MARTA) to any location and even offer to escort guests walking within the convention district.

ADID and The Ambassador Force also provide a cleaning service with a special team that reports and tracks street lighting repairs, traffic signal and pedestrian signal control outages as well as sidewalk, surface and street disruptions due to damage or construction. Through the ADID Clean Team’s daily efforts, Downtown’s sidewalks, trash containers and plazas are kept clean and free of debris with daily vacuuming and pressure washing.

Contact: Visitors can text the Ambassador Force to report a problem or request assistance at (404) 732-4200. This number is monitored seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight by Ambassador Communications.

Midtown Atlanta

Midtown Alliance and Midtown Blue Supplemental Public Safety Program

Midtown Blue provides supplemental public safety services in close coordination with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) for 24-7-365 coverage in the Midtown Improvement District. This operation, which has run continuously in Midtown since the 1990s is a program of Midtown Alliance,  the nonprofit organization that creates infrastructure improvements in the public realm.  The public safety effort is staffed by off-duty APD officers who work extra shifts in the district alongside a team of specially-trained civilian public safety officers in distinct uniforms, plus shift supervisors and dispatch.  Operational strategies include patrolling, monitoring, education, collaboration and enforcement to protect and serve a densely populated mix of residents, daytime workers and visitors that spend time in the district.  Primary Midtown Blue services include, providing assistance and directions to visitors in the district, operating a 24-hour joint operations center with APD Zone 5 for seamless coordination and actively monitoring an extensive network of 150 cameras that feed into APD’s Video Integration Center.

The Midtown Improvement District through Midtown Green, also provides a cleaning and public space maintenance service.   Midtown Green crews are on the ground daily to remove debris and trash, clean fixtures, maintain parks and plazas and address ADA and safety issues along pedestrian routes.  The team handles operations and maintenance activities as an extension of the City of Atlanta, working to keep the Midtown Improvement District clean and safe.

Georgia World Congress Center

Georgia World Congress Center – Department of Public Safety

Atlanta is one of only a few cities fortunate enough to boast a world-class convention and events facility with its own public safety department. Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Department of Public Safety (GWCCA DPS) is active on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For every event, GWCCA DPS works with all involved parties to develop, review and approve a security plan to ensure a comprehensive safety strategy is in place based on the type of the event and number of attendees.

GWCCA DPS uses National Incident Management System (NIMS), the first-ever standardized approach to incident management and response. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security, it establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all levels of government will use to conduct response operations. Being NIMS compliant means GWCCA adheres to best practices related to communication, coordination and partnerships with all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

MARTA Midtown Station
New art installation at MARTA Midtown Station.

Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

For more than a quarter of a century, MARTA has moved more than 3.5 billion people throughout Atlanta and the surrounding cities. It continues to be a staple to the community and is among the largest transit agencies in the United States. MARTA Police Department employs more than 300 police officers and protective specialists that patrol the rail stations and ride buses and trains wearing high visibility uniforms (as well as in plain clothes) to deter crime and respond to incidents quickly.

There are more than 40,000 cameras installed in MARTA buses, trains and rail stations. In case of emergencies, guests can use the blue police phones located throughout all train stations that connect directly to MARTA Police. The MARTA See & Say app for iOS and Android can also be used to anonymously report crimes and policy violations directly to MARTA Police. To reach MARTA Police, text (404) 334-5355 and share concerns about safety or security.

MARTA Heroes | Keeping You Safe


ACVB works closely with these public transit and safety agencies in regular review meetings to plan for the influx of convention and event visitors, appropriately allocating resources as necessary. Our team prepares event memos that contain a convention’s schedule of events, hotel block and other relevant details which are shared with our community partners including restaurants and attractions.

© 2019, Gene Phillips, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com

COMMUNITY PARTNERS, PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

In Atlanta, we work hard to address the needs of our unsheltered citizens and those suffering food insecurity. Here are some of the programs and initiatives we are proud to partner with that make successful strides to improve quality of life issues for those in need.

ADID Outreach

Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) Outreach Team is a mobile homeless outreach initiative launched in 2020 as a community-based, pandemic-related response and intended to build capacity and fill gaps in the homeless service ecosystem.

Partners for HOME

Partners for HOME is a compassionate community innovating a robust approach to end homelessness in the City of Atlanta.

Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD)

The PAD Initiative was born out of the work and vision of Atlantans directly impacted by policing and incarceration and committed to a new approach to community safety and wellness.

HOPE Atlanta

A steadfast support system for friends in dire circumstances, HOPE Atlanta works around the clock to ensure that homelessness and hunger in Atlanta are rare, brief and non-recurring.


Many convention groups seek our assistance connecting with these organizations and many more to coordinate community give-back projects, team building events or donations during their events. Contact us if you are interested in working with any of these partners or other local organizations to leave a lasting legacy of positive change in your convention host city.

STAND WITH US

ACVB’S STANCE ON VOTING RIGHTS AND ACCESS

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) stands solidly with our employees, colleagues and their families in opposition to any legislation or action that restricts the rights or impacts access for Black, Brown and underrepresented communities to participate in the democratic process. We believe in a fair, accessible and secure election process for all Georgians. We encourage our staff and all members of our hospitality industry to cast their votes and have their voices heard.

The continued debate around this legislation demonstrates more conversation is needed on this important issue. ACVB hopes you will stand with us and our hospitality community by continuing to hold your association’s future meetings in Atlanta. Making a change to your plans will have a significant economic impact on the city, but more importantly will disproportionately impact those whose voting rights may be affected. ACVB can assist associations in finding ways to make a positive impact through advocacy rather than negatively impacting the destination through measures like a boycott. The best way to influence change is by staying engaged with Georgians, not by moving away from Georgia. 


CITY OF ATLANTA ADMINSTRATIVE ORDER

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order April 6 to ensure every Atlanta resident has an opportunity to exercise their right to vote. The order directs the city’s Chief Equity Officer to implement a series of actions to mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed by Senate Bill 202. Those include, but are not limited to:


ANTI-BOYCOTT STATEMENTS FROM LOCAL LEADERS

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“Boycotts in GA will hit the metro Atlanta hardest & have a ripple effect across the state. Small businesses, corporations that support our communities, and everyday working people will suffer …”

U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock

“It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community.”

U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff

“I absolutely oppose and reject any notion of boycotting Georgia. Georgia welcomes business, investment, jobs, opportunity, and events. In fact, economic growth is driving much of the political progress we have seen here. Georgia welcomes the world’s business.”

Dr. Bernice King

“Please stop the #BoycottGeorgia talk. That would hurt middle class workers and people grappling with poverty. And it would increase the harm of both racism and classism.”

Stacey Abrams

“[Leaving] us behind won’t save us. So I ask you to bring your business to Georgia and, if you’re already here, stay and fight. Stay and vote.”

VOTER ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS 

Many associations and groups have asked about advocacy opportunities for their Atlanta meetings. Listed below are a few organizations that advocate for voters rights.

All Voting is Local – Georgia

Voting is Local strives to remove discriminatory barriers to the ballot to achieve a democracy that works for all. Georgia voters have faced sometimes insurmountable obstacles to the ballot box from voter purges to polling locations that shutter without warning in African American neighborhoods.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia

ACLU of Georgia envisions a state that guarantees all persons the civil liberties and rights contained in the United States and Georgia Constitutions and Bill of Rights. ACLU of Georgia enhances and defends the civil liberties and rights of all Georgians through legal action, legislative and community advocacy, and civic education and engagement.

Civic Alliance

Civic Alliance is a nonpartisan group of businesses working together to build a future where everyone participates in shaping the country. Civic Alliance believes every American should have a voice in democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters. The organization stands in solidarity with voters 一 and with the Black executives and leaders at the helm of this movement 一 in a nonpartisan commitment to equality and democracy.

Fair Fight

Fair Fight is a Georgia-based organization that promotes fair elections in the state and around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels and engages in other voter education programs and communications.

Georgia Equality

Georgia Equality’s mission is to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies throughout the state. Through the Equality Foundation of Georgia, the organization conducts voter registration and educational activities, provides information to decision makers, and works to organize and mobilize LGBT residents and allies to advance equality across the state.

The New Georgia Project

The New Georgia Project is a nonpartisan effort to register and civically engage Georgians as the state’s population continues to grow. The New Georgia Project aims to ensure that The New American Majority – people of color, those 18 to 29 years of age, and unmarried women have their voices heard.


LOCAL INITIATIVES 

Atlanta served as the cradle of the American civil rights movement, and it is the mission of several organizations to continue that legacy of progress. Members of associations and groups can take a local pledge to show their support.

BE LOVE – The King Center

BE LOVE is a growing movement of courageous acts to achieve justice from The King Center. Born amid the immense uncertainty and global tension of the past year, BE LOVE’s work is grounded in the iconic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

Campaign for Equal Dignity – National Center for Civil and Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights encourages all to pledge to advocate for equal dignity for all. The Campaign for Equal Dignity shares that the federal government and states must establish a range of voting options including early voting, no-excuse absentee/mail-in ballots, and in-person voting protocols that protect voters and poll workers.


BREAKDOWN OF MINORITY EMPLOYEES IN GEORGIA’S LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

*Data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Black or African American – 34 percent

Hispanice or Latino – 17 percent

Asian – 6 percent


STATES CONSIDERING VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION

According to Brennan Center for Justice on April 1, 47 states have introduced legislation around voting rights. The three states that have not are Delaware, Ohio and Vermont.


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HYBRID MEETINGS AND EVENTS

HOW TO PLAN HYBRID MEETINGS AND VIRTUAL EVENTS WITH ACVB

ETA Creative Event Producers

How we gather is changing. The need to communicate hasn’t. Now more than ever, you need a partner that’s a trusted leader in creating brand experiences. As we emerge into a new world of event experiences our recommendations and offerings will evolve to stay ahead of the industry. We offer multiple new event solutions that help you create high-quality connections with your audience on your terms, whether that’s virtually, in person or a mix of both.

Active Production and Design

KNOWLEDGE. With more than 25 years under our belt (and counting), Active Production and Design has produced thousands of live, Virtual and Hybrid fundraisers, meetings and events. With exposure to some of the largest events and top names globally, we bring this experience into every endeavor, no matter the size. PRODUCTION TEAM. We realize that your virtual programs are of the highest importance. We will equip you with the most knowledgeable and courteous production staff in the business. With a full-time staff that includes Technical Directors, Producers, Engineers and Creative Services professionals, we have the ability to exceed expectations at every touch point. GEAR We recognize that your virtual programs deserve the best equipment. Not only will we provide you with the most up-to-date technology, but we utilize our own equipment! No need to worry about expensive gear rental up-charges. By using our own gear, we can provide you with the most competitive pricing, without compromising the quality of your programs.

Q&A Events

Don’t let the fact that in-person events are a little smaller than they used to be keep you from communicating your message. Q&A Events will help you to create an engaging hybrid program that will allow you to connect with your audience live and virtually. In addition to executing the in-person elements of your program, we will work with you to determine the best platform and the production needs required to expand your reach to your virtual attendees.

Real Eyes Production Audio Visual

Real Eyes Production is offering an In-Person and Virtual AV Package to support Hybrid Meetings to the ACVB members. Pricing varies depending on attendees and number of rooms needing audiovisual equipment for in person events and total viewers for virtual side.

PRA Atlanta

Virtual meetings are here to stay, and PRA Digital is your complete partner. The desire to GATHER is fundamental to the human experience — and the gathering of people at events is essential for organizations. Whether it be in-person, digital, at home, hub and spoke or any combination in between, PRA Digital guides organizations in bringing people together with strategic content, brand engagement and authentic experiences. And while the power of face-to-face meetings is undeniable, PRA Digital can help bring the impact of the live experience to a digital space. PRA’s strategy of combining best-in-breed technology tools with highly-customized experiences is consistently delivered for all engagements — a single broadcast, immersive virtual program, multi-sensory home experience, or hybrid event. Our consultative, strategic approach ensures that you will get the right platform, production and results to fit your business objectives. Reach out to Digital@PRA.com to get started now.

GSE Audio Visual

Offer custom 3d Virtual Environments or Booths which can be utilized on any virtual event or be hosted directly on a clients website. We also can create custom HTML based platforms and embed & manage streams for a webinar, breakout room or general session

Orchestrated Audio Visual Inc.

Hybrid and virtual events are a cost-effective way to communicate with audience members who can not attend your event in-person. Your event is accessible to viewers from their computers, smart phones, tablets, or televisions for live or on-demand viewing. Hybrid events allow you to share your message by streaming video, audio, visual presentations, and other integrated elements. Some of these elements can include Question & Answer portals, social media, and viewer polling. Engage your audience from hotels, event centers, office buildings, your home or other facilities. OAV is with you every step of the way. From planning to successful implementation, we handle all logistics and technical details. OAV uses the latest technology to help you deliver a branded, digital meeting and event experience. We use a variety of platforms based on the needs of each individual client. We can help design a custom landing page to set the proper tone as well as provide tech support for each presenter. Please contact us for a detailed proposal. We look forward to working with you.

EGG USA, LLC

EGG is an event planning agency providing expertise to build and run impactful contents for virtual or hybrid events A team 120 experts all over the world and Atlanta; Creative brand planner; Expert in virtual technologies and event planning

SJL 26Event Productions, LLC

In this new virtual age, we’ve all been in webinars exploring the best platforms to implement meetings, presentations and conferences. The decision of which platform to use will be based on final programming. However, platforms to consider include: Platforms Capacity # of Participants • Livestream/Vimeo/Streamyard Unlimited Based on Zoom Feature • Zoom — Enterprise Version 50,000 1-500 • Hopin 100-1,000 • Blue Jeans 15,000 1-100 Other Platform Choices Include:(Bizaboo) We manage all details involved in your virtual event from registration process to the crucial technology components. We work with the mos experienced vendors to make sure your event goes off without complications. SJL can also assist with event entertainment, which could include a variety of fun gamifications such as scavenger hunts, illusionist, mixologist for receptions and more.

Pullspark

PullSpark offers live, online, and hybrid event production. From messaging and run of show consultation to production equipment and streaming gear – PullSpark handles everything from A to Z. With over a decade of experience in streaming and online events, we are a custom streaming solution led by Creative Producers who will guide you through the entire process. We are able to integrate with several different online event platforms and consult on which platform best fits your event. We care about connecting your audience to your message in the most memorable way possible! Let’s make a memory together!

Scout Local Events and Transportation, DMC

Scout Local provides destination services to compliment your virtual meetings and hybrid meetings. In addition to Covid mitigated live events and transportation we create unique virtual experiences such as team building, chef demos, concerts, various live performances, motivational speakers, exercise programs and breakout session activities. ALL of our proposals are designed to your specific parameters.

Allseated

Immersive. Interactive. Engaging. Innovative. Virtual experience. Live interactive networking. Exceptional analytics. Branding opportunities. Breakout sessions and Keynote speakers. You have to experience it to believe it.

Hartmann Studios

As a leader in experiential marketing solutions, we solve business challenges regardless of the environment, with expertise in creative development, communications, technical production, audience engagement, brand messaging and storytelling. Since 1984, Hartmann Studios has specialized in designing and producing world-class events that get people talking. Sharing. Engaging. Our company is an extension of the clients and brands we serve, from global Fortune 500 to key small business organizations. Our in-house team of creative and technical experts draws from past lives in architecture, rock ‘n roll, creative strategy, production design, and multimedia development to flip traditional experiential production on its head. We inspire and excite, elevate and reimagine our client’s brands and experiences. From virtual events to virtually impossible, Hartmann Studios delivers.

Elevate Experiences

Meetings & events should be enjoyable for your audience and your team. We companies plan and produce meetings and events that their audience loves. – Meeting Planning – Meeting Production – Team-Building

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