Music City Center
Winter 2018

PCMA Sees Record-Breaking Attendance in Nashville 

Earlier this month PCMA hosted their 2018 Convening Leaders event at the Music City Center. The three-day event brought over 4,500 Business Event Strategists to Nashville, breaking the record for PCMA’s largest attendance in their 62-year history. 
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the world’s largest network of Business Event Strategists with almost 7,000 members and an audience of more than 50,000. Its members are largely made up of decision-makers from various associations, making the 2018 conference a critical opportunity to showcase all that Nashville has to offer as a convention destination. 
“We were so excited to welcome PCMA to the Music City Center for the first time. It was the perfect opportunity to show potential customers the world-class convention destination Nashville has become and expand future sales efforts,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of Music City Center. “Many of PCMA’s attendees had either not been to Nashville in many years or had never visited at all, and their feedback was overwhelming positive.”
PCMA announced strong financial growth and record revenues during the conference, reporting that its revenues have shown record increases to $19 million with partnership activity contributing $6.5 million in 2017. Its membership has also grown to over 7,000 Business Event Strategists globally, with over half of those joining this year’s event.
PCMA Photos

Fresh Pick Market & Cafe

Following months of planning and construction, Nashville’s Music City Center announced the grand opening of Fresh Pick Market & Cafe, a new fast-casual restaurant occupying the 2,500 sq. ft. street-level retail space at the corner of 8th Avenue and Demonbreun.
Open daily, the new market and cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items along with grab-and-go snack and drink options and travel necessities. The cafe offerings include local beers, a full coffee bar featuring barista beverages, and an outdoor terrace with fire pits and additional seating for al fresco dining.
“With the new hotels and development on 8th Avenue, we wanted something that visitors, convention attendees, and locals who work in the area would be able to utilize on a daily basis,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “Our team has worked hard to develop a space and craft a menu that lends itself to fast, fresh and high-quality options.”
Fresh Pick Market & Cafe will be operated by Music City Center’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef Max Knoepfel and Director of Retail Teresa Gosse. The market and cafe is located on the third level of the Music City Center, across from Exhibit Hall D, and is accessible from inside the building as well as from Demonbreun and 8th Avenue.

Green Times                   

What happens to bees during these colder months? Unlike many insects, honey bees do not hibernate. The honey made during the warmer seasons is now stored and used to last through the winter. If the honey supplies are lower than the colonies need, our beekeepers will feed them sugar water to supplement. During this time of year, the hive needs to stay warm so we do not open the boxes. Honey bees retain heat by “clustering” — they attach to each other with the queen in the center and shiver and move to create warmth!
For more updates on our sustainability initiatives, including the green roof, irrigation, REAL certification and more, click here to view our most recent Green Times Newsletter! To recieve the Green Times please email renee.barker@nashvillemcc.com. 

Vendor of Excellence Award Winner

The Music City Center held its 4th Annual Purchasing/DBE Appreciation Breakfast in December and presented the annual Vendor of Excellence Award to longtime partner, American Paper & Twine Co.  The award recognizes a deserving vendor who displays outstanding achievements in service and commitment to the Music City Center.
The Music City Center also announced the most recent DBE participation numbers at the breakfast. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, the Music City Center spent 34.8 percent of the operating expenses, totaling approximately $410,253, with minority, women-owned and small businesses.

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