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Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel

Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel

Save the Date for the

2015 Professional Conference 

November 15-18, 2015

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is pulling out all the stops to ensure an incredible experience!

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Getting to Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is situated at the junction of two major expressways, within a day's drive of half the U.S. population - see drive times to selected cities below.

Click here to help you get here.

Once you're here, you'll be amazed how easy it is to get around. Logical street layouts, clear street signs and minimal traffic make driving a breeze.

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Ample parking is available in downtown Grand Rapids.  

Click here for a map of parking facilities and rates.

Amway Hotel


As the premier AAA Four-Diamond hotel in West Michigan, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, blends the elegant history of the 1920s Pantlind Hotel with modern amenities of today. With 682 attractive guest rooms and suites, you'll experience the timeless beauty of the early 20th century.

Located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, the Amway  offers travelers convenient access dozens of cultural attractions, restaurants and night clubs.

Click here to make your reservation today--LINK TO COME

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Grand Rapids offers an astonishing breadth and depth of restaurants. Local chefs emphasize fresh, creative, farm-to-table cuisine. There are dozens of eateries within walking distance of downtown hotels and hundreds throughout the city.

Click here for a complete list of downtown restaurants near the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Family Art Museum

Frederik meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - Sunset

Furniture Exhibit at the Public Museum

Grand Rapids Attractions

Gerald R Ford Museum-- allows you to experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office and see the original Watergate burglar tools. Visitors can also see President Ford's and First Lady, Betty Ford's burial site. The museum will be celebrating Gerald Ford's 100th Birthday.

Grand Rapids Art Museum--The Art Museum's history extends back to 1910, but its current facility was erected in 2007. Newsweek magazine promptly named it one of the best buildings of the year: "This cool and modernist building ... is the first newly constructed ‘green' museum in the United States, designed to be LEED certified."

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park--is a 132-acre attraction featuring the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, largest tropical conservatory in the state, guided tram tour and café.

Michigan's second most popular tourist attraction ... one of the world's 100 most visited art museums ... one of the Top 30 Must-See Museums on the planet.

Grand Rapids Public Museum--Founded in 1845, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is among the oldest history museums in the United States. Not that you'd be able to tell from its sparkling facility, which rises three stories above the downtown riverfront. Inside, a fascinating panorama of permanent collections and temporary exhibits preserve the treasures of the past and the present.



From mega malls to independent boutiques, Grand Rapids is a treasure-hunter's paradise. Unique art galleries and specialty shops are found throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

Click here for the Downtown Shopping Map (PDF)

Click here for the Mall and Shopping Boutique  Map (PDF)


What's Happening in Town

Grand Rapids is a destination like no other: art, culture, dining, and nightlife.

Click here to find out what's going on while you are here.

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Beer City USA

There are many reasons why Grand Rapids is becoming known for craft beer. After a nation-wide vote in May 2012, it became official that Grand Rapids was BeerCity USA 2012. And for a second year, Grand Rapids was named BeerCity USA 2013!

Click here to learn more about our craft breweries.

Click here for a PDF of our Beer Tour Map.