Photo: Members of the Salem Oregon community Governor Kate Brown in 2015. Photo by Stacey Griffin Photography
This is a very exciting time to be in the event planning industry. Convention coordinators and meeting planners have more choices than ever to make their events a success. Gone are the days of uninspired business meetings in a dull setting with dated equipment and terrible food.
Newly designed meeting spaces, new ideas and new technology have allowed meetings to evolve into engaging presentations, entertaiment, speed-of-light communications, interactive trade show booths, and valuable networking in bright, open, contemporary spaces. Not to mention, catering options are better than ever.
Since our facility opened in 2005, nearly a million event attendees from around the state, region, nation and across the globe have traveled here to attend multi-day conventions and conferences and one-day or half-day workshops and meetings. 14 different meeting and conference rooms totaling 30,000 square feet have been be configured into countless combinations of exhibit, classroom, seminar and convention spaces.
Meeting and convention coordinators rave about our service, from first contact right through the accolades you’ll hear as people are leaving. Here are some of the recent comments we have read to give you an idea of what The Salem Convention Center can do for your meeting or convention:
“Not only was the convention center the perfect venue for over 500 participants, but the staff were the most genuine and helpful I have ever experienced.”- J. Wallace
“Absolutely Fantastic Service…all 3 of the staff that I had contact with prior to my event were just amazing and did everything to make both of my gathering absolutely amazing. Will be going there again that’s for sure. Sarah Verheyden Catering Manager Kara Campuzano Director of Sales and Marketing Soraida Cross Special Events Coordinator”- Rosy M.
“Wonderful attentive staff while we were there for our all day training. The food was great! Flavorful and in quanity as well as quality. No rubber tasting chicken here. The meeting rooms are soundproof.”-L. Blades
“Wonderful Facility – Wonderful Service! This was our 5th year in a row hosting our 200 person/2.5 day conference here. The facility is perfect. The service is unmatched and attendees even raved – yes, raved – about the food. Especially the fiesta buffet lunch. It is impressing to see the same staff members year after year. Keep up the great work!”- Donna M.
“Convention Center Made The Day: Food, Service, Venue Were Tops 5 out of 5. The staff worked with us all the way through planning, changing, and carrying out the events of the day. People are still raving about the food. And the venue was accessible and inviting. We will be back next year :)” -Cathy C.
We understand that it’s not just about the event; it is about creating community and engagement and our staff is committed to going above and beyond to create an event experience like none other. We take an “all-under-one-roof” approach to make things as simple and convenient as possible for organizations to host their meetings.
Add to this our dedication to sustainability, our new LEED certification, clean and inviting meeting rooms, stunning architecture, a desirable location in the heart of downtown and convenient amenities like the adjoining 193-room Grand Hotel in Salem and Bentley’s Grill restaurant, we believe our venue exceeds expectations every time.