Business View Magazine | July 2019

182 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE JULY 2019 Center is blessed with other highly valued qualities, aside from being a state-of-the-art, modern, technologically advanced convention facility. “I think one of our chief attributes is our accessibility because we’re located right at the intersection of three interstate highways,” he points out. “That opens up the entire region to excellent access, particularly vehicular, and 66 percent of the population of the United States is within a 500 mile trip of our city. “I think affordability is also an important aspect, not only of our facility, but also of our community,” he adds. “We have parking, on premises, for 2,000 vehicles in parking structures. We’re in a downtown area in an urban setting, even though it’s a more homey kind of community in the mountains here. We also have five hotels that flank us and there’s another one that’s getting ready to be built.” Finally, another plus the Coliseum and Convention offers is flexibility in meeting a client’s needs. “In a community like ours, we can treat each client with some individual attention and we have the flexibility to do different things for folks,” Robertson explains. “In fact, if we want to close the street adjacent to the building, we close the street. We don’t have to go through 50 layers of bureaucracy to do not only that, but also to do other things that might be individual to one client, versus another, in terms of using the facility.” PREFERRED VENDORS n Multivista n Centerplate n Appalachian Power n ZMM Architects Engineers n Advantage Technology