According to the Convention Industry Council Economic Significance Study, 205 million people attended nearly 1.8 million meetings in the United States in 2009. The meetings industry is a major player in the United States economy—supporting 1.7 million jobs and accounting for $263 billion in spending by attendees.
Many companies host an employee retreat in the fall as the official start to planning next year’s goals and objectives. From simple board retreats to elaborate interactive functions, one thing is certain—getting out of the office and away from your normal environment is a must for productive results.
Years ago, the company meeting planner (or contracted professional) started the process by calling around to the local hotels and convention centers for space needs, food and beverage options and audio-visual requirements. Today, meeting planners are charged with creating an entire event, many times on a shoestring budget with limited time. To that end, planners are becoming quite savvy in finding the right space at the right moment—a culinary luncheon demo with meeting space; a team-building obstacle course; minute-to-win it competitions; rustic, tech free facilities to un-plug and focus; treasure hunts in a city park; and the list goes on. At the end of the day, if your employees have contributed to the company’s future with inspired ideas and boosted morale—you know you’ve made the right choice.
In Merriam, there’s no shortage of natural outdoor settings or indoor tech-current meeting facilities for your next function. Take a peek at our list of “Meet in Merriam” options below to kick-start your company’s plan for 2014.
Merriam Historic Plaza | Visitors Bureau: 6304 E Frontage Road, 913-403-8999 – space to accommodate up to 50 people for business meetings and events; convenient access to I-35; nearby kitchen for F&B prep with open catering; wi-fi, projection equipment; affordable rates start at $40 per hour (Mon-Fri)
Merriam City Hall Community Training Room: 6200 Eby Street, 913-322-5500 — accommodates 20-112 with a nearby kitchen for F&B preparation, plenty of parking, elevator to the meeting room and convenient access to I-35.
Irene B. French Community Center: 5701 Merriam Drive, 913-322-5550 – located in a renovated historic school building, this 33,000 sf facility houses rental rooms for your reception, party, meeting or seminar in downtown Merriam, just west of I-35 and Johnson Drive.
Merriam Hotels: contact any of our local Merriam hotels for meeting space options—corporate rentals utilizing overnight rooms will also receive a discount at Merriam Historic Plaza meeting room (please inquire at 913-403-8999)
Johnson County Library (Antioch Branch): 8700 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, 913-826-4600 — meeting room is free and available for use by government agencies and nonprofit groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, recreational or charitable activities. Meeting room features: space for 130 people, whiteboard/dry erase; podium; overhead projector/projection screen; sink; refrigerator, TV/DVD.
Plan it: Call the Merriam Visitors Bureau at 866-707-6534 to help coordinate your company retreat in Merriam! From site visits to suggested caterers, guest presenters to lodging options, we can help you “Meet in Merriam”.
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