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Where Will You Be Spending Your Time While at CMWorld?

photo (9)The paint will barely be dry when you walk into Cleveland’s new Convention Center for the Content Marketing World Conference in September.

The facility, which opens this week (June 14)—ahead of schedule and under budget (really!)—is quickly becoming the centerpiece of a growing, vibrant downtown.

Built under the green grassy lawn just south of the lakefront, the Center rises out of the ground to offer sweeping view of Lake Erie from its Grand Ballroom.

The L-shaped Center, which sits 30 feet underground, features three exhibition halls, 35 meeting rooms and a grand ballroom with large glass windows that provide views of the lake, Cleveland Browns Stadium and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Inside, you’ll find cutting edge technology and water and energy-saving features that make it a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building.

That means it was built and designed to be a sustainable and energy efficient site.

The project, paid for by taxpayers at a cost of $465 million, is the largest in Cleveland history. The money was raised with a quarter-cent sales tax imposed in 2007, plus a 1 percent tax on hotel rooms added in 2010.

It’s part of a larger project that also includes a Global Center for Health Innovation—a permanent trade show home for the medical industry. The Global Center, a four-story building, is adjacent to the Convention Center.

The Convention Center and Health Innovation Center are connected by an underground concourse that features eight meeting rooms.

Together, the facilities are the size of 17 football fields. The grand ballroom can accommodate 1,699 of your closest friends for dinner.

Perhaps one of the best things about the new Convention Center is it’s within walking distance of many great downtown attractions, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; the Great Lakes Science Center; the House of Blues and dozens of restaurants.

So get ready to pack your bags and check out the new digs! For more information and photos, check out these links:

Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center

Cleveland Meetings