Northern Michigan’s largest meeting and event space just got a brand-new look. The 19,000-square-foot venue, renowned for twice hosting the National Governors Association Conference, has a 32-year history of welcoming groups of up to 2,500 into its halls. Now, with updates to technology, décor, and a newly built meeting planner office, Governors' Hall is ready to celebrate another three decades of outstanding meetings. Cumberledge Design Group (Saltsburg, PA) designed the new look, while Bouma Corporation (Traverse City, MI) served as the renovation general contractor.
RENOVATION HIGHLIGHTS AND FEATURES
State-of-the-art Crestron® sound system for best-in-class audio performance
100-square-foot private office for meeting planners and event staff
A vibrant "lake effect" design theme with new carpet, lighting, wall treatments, and décor
Linen-less tables and Michigan-made chairs
All-new digital signage providing custom messaging and vivid displays
All-new air walls for improved sound absorption and event privacy
LED lighting for improved ambience and energy savings
the Fun FACTS
- Governors' Hall opened in 1987 and was named for the National Governors' Association Conference, held twice in the hall (1987 and 2007)
- Total square footage of the hall and prefunction area is 24,696, which is almost twice the size of Fort Knox
- With its 20-foot ceilings, Governors' Hall could accommodate up to 400 giraffes! (Fittingly, a group of giraffes is called a tower)
- Two U.S. Presidents have attended meetings in Governors' Hall: Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
- The escalator removed from Governors' Hall weighed approximately eight tons...more than a T-Rex!
WHAT Meeting Planners SAY ABOUT GOVERNORS' HALL
“Holding an event at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa really is grand. It’s a high-end venue, which makes our event more high-end. Governors’ Hall is the only space in the Grand Traverse region where we can have most of our exhibitors in one room, and the team at the Resort is very creative and easy to work with.”
—Judy Vajda, Executive Officer, Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, Inc.
“Governors’ Hall is a great room because of the large space and limitless ways in which it can be used. I have been with MASA for many years, so have seen this room set up in many different configurations. The flexibility of the room makes it great to use.”
—Diane Dick, Conference Planner at Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators
For a private tour of the new Governors' Hall or for information on hosting a meeting, call 231-534-6000 or email [email protected].
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