Choosing Traverse City
The Grand Traverse conference center was selected following a two-year venue search. The 24-member Michigan Area Program Committee sent out a state-wide request for options which were narrowed down to facilities able to accommodate 2,500 people while meeting stringent criteria including; cost, housing options, support of Native American relationships, fair labor practices, “green” environment impact, accessibility for disabled and limited mobility individuals, plenary and break-out spaces; informal gathering spaces, child care options and more. Three finalists received on-site visits and following a discernment process the Grand Traverse conference center was selected.
According to Program Committee members, another key reason this location was selected was their focus on conference events versus the seasonal tourism trade that drives up costs. The Michigan Area is the center’s largest client allowing the negotiation of deeply discounted rates, free meeting and break-out space, free conference area Wifi, meal discounts and extensions of the low conference rates to include May 29 (Memorial Day), May 30, June 4, 5, 6 for those wishing to extend vacation time. Click on the button below to visit a special website that welcomes the Michigan Area to Traverse City.
The catering staff partners with local artisans and organic farmers. The collaboration between the chefs and trusted partners is designed to provide culinary experiences that celebrate wellness and sustainability.