The Columbus, Georgia Convention and
Trade Center has enjoyed its existing facility since its grand opening in
September 1979. Through the
years, it has served as host to corporate events of local, state and
national levels, concerts, political rallies, weddings and receptions and
a myriad of other happenings.
Meanwhile, some of the largest convention centers
in the State of Georgia grew even larger. The Georgia World Congress Center, Cobb Galleria Centre, and
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center have all grown in
order to accommodate primarily larger and national level groups.
Leaders in Columbus, Georgia soon recognized the opportunity to
lure smaller and medium-sized State Association and regional groups.
Using the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy, ideas
quickly began to emerge on what would have to be done in order to make the
Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center the best second-tier
convention facility in the southeast.
The City employed a firm to conduct an expansion feasibility study.
After looking at our current utilization, competitors throughout
the south, and surveys of past and potential customers, the study group
made numerous recommendations for expansion.
With the help of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST),
state grant funding, and local public and private funding, the
recommendations were put into action. In October 1998, the local architect firm of Hecht, Burdeshaw,
Johnson, Kidd and Clark, Inc. was brought on board to implement these
We broke ground on June 24, 2002 with plans to more than
double the size of the existing facility as well as renovate most of the
remaining space. In exhibit
space alone, we will expand from 46,000 square feet to 54,000 square feet.
A proud addition will be a new 22,000 square foot ballroom which is
divisible into three separate smaller rooms.
Also included in the additions, we will have two new banquet areas:
the Foundry and the Sycamore Rooms with combined space of over
14,000 square feet. The view
along the banks of the Chattahoochee River will undertake a complete
transformation as this more than $30 million adventure continues over the
next two years. We anticipate
the unveiling of our newly transformed facility on September 15, 2004 –
which is the 25th anniversary of the Trade Center’s original
We are remaining open throughout
the renovation, and are accepting bookings for our new facility.
Contact one of our staff members for further information on your
booking needs. Also, please
visit the photo gallery to view our progress.