Grand Rapids looks forward to welcoming:

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children
76th Annual MCEC Conference
March 2-4, 2016
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place Convention Center

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

 Amway Grand Plaza Hotel


MCEC has negotiated a special room rate at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (headquarters hotel connected to the DeVos Place Convention Center) for those attending the 76th Annual MCEC Conference in Grand Rapids.

Click here to make your hotel reservation.

 DeVos Place - Top 10

DeVos Place Convention Center

The 76th Annual Conference will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. However, the keynote presentations will be held at DeVos Place Convention Center, connected via skywalk from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Eats JDeck outside dining


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.

Below is a list of the restaurants located closest to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel that would be good Grab n' Go options for lunch during the conference:

Wolfgang Puck's Express (located in the Amway Hotel)
Grand Central Market & Deli
Jimmy Johns
Panera Bread
Parsley Mediterranean Grill
Ski's Sub Shop
Taco Bob's

Click here for a Dining Deals Map

Nightlife - the BOB


This is the perfect place to unwind after a long day! Brewpubs, sports bars, live music and comedy clubs can be found within walking distance of downtown hotels, and throughout the city. Click the Nightlife link at left to plan your night(s) out.

 Grand Rapids Public Museum

Events and Things to Do

Grand Rapids has downtown museums that are located within walking distance from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel:

Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, located 10 minutes from downtown, has been named one of the world's "Top 30 Must-See Museums."

Show your convention badge at admission to any of the above attractions and receive a discount on admission.

Check out all of the Grand Rapids attractions by clicking on the Other Things To Do link at left.

Click here to see what's happening while your in Grand Rapids.

 Laughfest Logo

LAUGHFEST 2016 - March 10-20

If it has to do with will find it at LaughFest--a 10-day festival of stand-up comedy, improv, live shows, films, authors, community showcases (featuring you!) and a variety of other seriously funny stuff. All proceeds will benefit the cancer, grief and support programs offered through Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.

Click here to see the 2016 LaughFest lineup and to purchase tickets!



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 the Shopping link at left to see what's in store for you.

Visitor Guide

Click here to order a visitor guide