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    Neighborhoods
  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Planning Tools

    Meeting and event planners know that a successful conference needs more than educational seminars and good food. The Convention Service Team knows how to maximize the attendee experience for your conference and has these helpful planning tools to help.

    The Grand Rapids Event Guidebook (GREG)

    A guide for first time planners to help them develop a successful meeting from day one of planning to the event taking place.

    Local Service Providers

    Use this list to find affordable and reliable service providers in Grand Rapids to help with your event.

    Maps

    Attendees need to be able to navigate their way around the town, these various maps will help them get around every part of Grand Rapids, including the skywalk!

    Calendar of Events

    You might be interested in using the calendar of events to find out whatelse is happening in town during your conference or event.

    Travel Information

    Whether your attendees are flying or driving to Grand Rapids, this travel information will help them navigate their way.

    Off-site Venue Locations

    Grand Rapids gives a meeting or event planner a chance to think outside of the box and hold a reception outside the meeting and conference space in places like a baseball stadium, art gallery, or even a courtyard with a 24 foot bronze horse.  Planners know that getting out of the conference space not only opens discussion, it opens eyes to what Grand Rapids has to offer. The Convention Services Team loves to share the unique spaces that make Grand Rapids so fun for our planners. Use this Facility Database to narrow your search of off-site locations.

    Suggested Tour Ideas

    Grand Rapids is a great town to explore. The Convention Services Team can offer assistance with tours, customized itineraries, and more.

    Site Visit and Transportation Coordination

    Utilize our Convention Services Team to help make your event the most successful it can be. Set up a site visit to come see your meeting venue and the city before your event takes place. Or, if you are planning on moving your group to different activities and events throughout the city, our team can help with transportation coordination.

    Official Welcome Letters

    Personalized letters of welcome to your attendees from the area Mayor and President of Experience Grand Rapids.

    Community Service Project Ideas

    The best team building can happen when it’s not about the team. A shared, active experience with positive goals can be fun and energizing for attendees and have a beneficial impact on the environment or residents of your host city. View the link for a list of Community Service Organizations based in Grand Rapids.

    Roadwork Updates

    There could potentially be road construction taking place while your group is here. Plan ahead by utilizing our roadwork updates page to find out if any of your attendees will be re-routed.

    Contact the Convention Services Team for more information at Services@ExperienceGR.com.