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PPA Today: Imaging USA: May 2012 Archives

Imaging USA: May 2012 Archives

To help you prepare for Imaging USA 2013 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center on January 20 - 22, 2013, we've been delivering you information on Atlanta attractions, neighborhoods and dining. Now let's take a look at some of the recent openings, expansions and re-developments that have happened in Atlanta, as reported by the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau:

One of the World's Most Accessible Airports Expands
On May 16, 2012, the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal opened at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, cementing Atlanta as the global gateway to the U.S. The project, a $1.4 billion development, adds 12 international gates, creating a 40-gate international air-travel complex. The new terminal services nearly 80 destinations in more than 50 countries, and inbound travelers are connected to more than 150 U.S. cities. The Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal eliminates the luggage rechecking process thanks to upgraded customs and border patrol facilities.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens at Phipps Plaza
A $12 million LEGOLAND Discovery Center opened March 17, 2012, at Phipps Plaza, one of the Southeast's premier shopping destinations. This highly interactive and educational indoor experience features a range of play areas, a laser ride, a 4D cinema and an exhibit designed of LEGOs to reflect the iconic Atlanta skyline.

Fernbank Museum Opens NatureQuest Exhibit
Fernbank NatureQuest opened on March 19, 2011. The nearly 7,000 square-foot exhibition is one of the most significant additions to the Fernbank Museum since the world's largest dinosaurs moved into Fernbank's Great Hall in 2011. This all-new $8 million exhibition will offer Fernbank's youngest visitors a difference kind of museum experience, with engaging interactive encounters through an immersive, nature-inspired environment with live animals and hands-on learning.

Piedmont Park Gets a 53-Acre Expansion
Piedmont Park has gained new parkland with landscaped pathways through woodlands, open meadows, open play areas, basketball courts and an interactive fountain similar to the rings of Centennial Olympic Park. Visitors can already enjoy new developments like an expanded dog park, a state of the art pool, reclaimed green space with bocce courts and a restored bathhouse.

Georgia Aquarium Expands with New Dolphin Exhibit
The Georgia Aquarium, in partnership with AT&T, opened a multi-million dollar dolphin exhibit on April 2, 2011. Dolphin Tales is the largest expansion to date for the world's largest aquarium and includes a viewing gallery, a 25-foot-long underwater viewing window, interactive displays and a live theatrical show incorporating dolphins and live actors.

Coca-Cola Secret Formula Finds New Home at World of Coca-Cola
On Dec. 8, 2011, the Vault of the Secret Formula exhibit opened at the World of Coca-Cola, featuring the vault that now contains the 125-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Company moved the formula from SunTrust Bank to the World of Coca-Cola prior to the opening of the exhibit, where for the first time in history, the vault containing the recipe is now visible to the public.

These are just some of the great new attractions and activities you'll find during your convention downtime at Imaging USA 2013 in Atlanta!

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gwcc_blog.jpgAs we continue counting down the days to Imaging USA 2013 at Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center on January 20 - 22, 2013, take some time to learn about the various neighborhoods of Atlanta and what they have to offer to visitors. You're bound to have some down time between Imaging USA programs that will be perfect for exploring the city!

Here's a rundown of the Atlanta neighborhoods - starting downtown where the Georgia World Congress Center is located - from the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau to help you make the most of your Imaging USA experience
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In the middle of it all, Downtown's core pulses energy into the rest of Atlanta. It's a livable center, populated with city dwellers, businesses and world-class attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and a centerpiece urban park with roots in the Olympic Games. Sure, downtown may be Atlanta's tourist hub, but it's the ideal place to start an exploration.

Style and substance take center stage in Midtown along Peachtree Street. The famed boulevard maintains a friendly feel while it cuts a swath of culture that connects the marquee events at the Fox Theatre at one end, to the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center and the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the middle, on to the Savannah College of Art and Design at the other end. Locals thrive on the tree-lined lanes just beyond, and they congregate to play at Piedmont Park.

Bold and brazen Buckhead cradles the bedroom communities of the up-and-coming as well as the city's Fortune 500 families. In Buckhead, Peachtree becomes Rodeo Drive with hospitable Southern accent, growing fashionable boutiques on attractive side streets. Boutique shoppers breeze past Sir Elton John's condo to ferret out the latest in fashion trends at out-of-the-way galleries for on-trend clothes. From just about any point in Buckhead, you're within shouting distance of a memorable four-star restaurant where foodies get their kicks.

Westside, a blending of Georgia Tech culture with nearby loft communities, has sprung into a focal point for a new design district in old industrial spaces. It's the go-to-place for interiors mavens looking for lighting and textiles and fabric and furniture. Like other Atlanta neighborhoods, the dining scene keeps improving here. Long-time homesteaders Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's famous Bacchanalia restaurant begat the city's best kitchen shop, Star Provisions, plus two other restaurants, Quinones and Abattoir. Nearby top-rated Miller Union, Flip Burger Boutique, and Antico Pizza Napoletana join the throngs of eateries catering to the city's sophisticated palate.

Some Atlanta neighborhoods reach back to the city's early days, like the style of American heritage homes that populate Margaret Mitchell's Ansley Park just beyond the walls of the High Museum. Others, like Inman Park, combine small urban green spaces among winding boulevards lined with colorful Queen Anne's and Victorians in the city's first planned suburb. Both offer walking tours where their classic architecture and landscape design jut up against the skyscraper backdrop.

On weekends, locals push baby strollers to the farmers market in Morningside, while others stop for a pastry at Alon's in Virginia-Highland, dawdle in Highland Woodworking or try on fashion statements in Bill Hallman. Just a few blocks over, the scene edges into a Bohemian style, where vintage dress matches the creativity of tattoos in Little Five Points. While spots like Junkman's Daughter have become de rigueur for the young, others can't resist the kitschy places like Star Community Bar and Vinyl Lounge, with a shrine to Elvis. He is the King, after all. But all is not grunge here. Performing arts venues such as Seven Stages, Dad's Garage, and Variety Playhouse lend artistic authenticity to Little Five.

Some of the city's hottest neighborhoods show the courage of citizens to keep the best and create the new. Southwest of downtown, Castleberry Hill etches out a space among former warehouses. Today, art galleries mix with wine bars and tapas lounges for lively Friday Art Walks. While on the southeast side, the Sweet Auburn Community continues to flourish. Originally the epicenter of African American commerce in the South, the former richest Black street in America--Auburn Avenue--houses a curb market, bakeries, and clubs near the MLK National Park and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The newest downtown addition, Luckie Marietta District, is booming with excitement with attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke. Stretching all the way to the Georgia World Congress center, it boasts a number of eateries and attractions all within walking distance.

Now that you know the neighborhoods of Atlanta, we hope to see you here in January for Imaging USA!

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As you continue to get ready for Imaging USA in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center on January 20 - 22, 2013, here are some great dining recommendations around the city from the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau:

The competitive spirit of Atlanta's professional chefs has helped put the city on the dining map, with eight former Top Chef and two Iron Chef contestants contributing to some of Atlanta's best eateries. Fifteen new restaurants opened in the downtown area alone in 2011, joining more than 3,000 restaurant choices in metro Atlanta for residents and visitors.

But Atlanta's dining story isn't just one of sheer numbers. Eateries opening in Atlanta cater to the neighborhood, providing a warm welcome and inviting ambiance to invoke the feeling of dining at a friend's house, rather than a restaurant. The city's chefs are passionate about the eating local movement, sourcing meats and produce from local farms.

Atlanta's chefs incorporate local ingredients to serve up the best in New South cuisine with creative twists on grandma's traditional Southern meals. Atlanta's number one rated Zagat restaurant, Bacchanalia, boasts contemporary American cuisine with a seasonal menu featuring light dishes with strong flavors cooked by Chefs/Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Chef Steven Satterfield puts his own spin on the region's meat-and-three meals, creating a menu based on the week's harvest at Miller Union - named one of the "10 Best New Restaurants in the Country" by Bon Appétit in 2010. Atlanta native Linton Hopkins brings regional southern flavor to Holeman and Finch Public House in Buckhead leveraging his relationships with local farmers when putting together menus for the restaurant.

In a city known for southern hospitality, restaurants and breweries provide welcoming settings for neighbors to gather for good food and drink, conversation and fun. At Ormsby's in Westside Provisions, patrons enjoy the craft beer selection, classic cocktails, fresh pub menu and a wide range of traditional games including: backgammon, bocce, darts, pool, and shuffleboard. SweetWater Brewing Company opens its doors and taps to the public three days a week with brewery tours and tastings. Named one of the "Top 50 Breweries in the Country" by the Brewers Association, the brewery offers the perfect setting for mixing and mingling.

The Buford Highway corridor is the best kept locals-only dining secret. Just one mile from downtown yields an assortment of authentic international cuisine and super-fresh seafood. Flavors of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Latin America occupy restaurants and shopping centers along this highway. Chef Liu has patrons salivating for his juicy soup dumplings and thick egg noodles and Sushi House Hayakawa serves up fresh, buttery sea scallops along with platters of fresh sashimi.

Guests to the South often ask where to go for the best traditional down-home Southern cuisine. Established favorites among tourists and locals include institutions like Mary Mac's Tea Room, serving "classic Southern food in the heart of Atlanta" since 1945; and Pitty Pat's Porch, a downtown landmark named after Aunt Pittypat Hamilton from "Gone with the Wind." For upscale Southern fare, venture to Paschal's and try the Paschal brothers' secret fried chicken recipe. The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in, offering "naked dogs walking," will forever remain an Atlanta staple.

These are just some of the ingredients that make Atlanta an exciting dining destination. Explore the city's restaurants during Imaging USA and discover what satisfies you in Atlanta!

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As you prepare for Imaging USA 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on January 20-22, 2013, consider these great activities around the city for your downtime during the convention. All of these attractions are unique to Atlanta and come highly recommended by the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Plus, there are probably some great photo opportunities at each!

See the largest fish through the largest window in the largest aquarium in the world.
Head to the Georgia Aquarium, where you can see tens of thousands of animals in more than 8 million gallons of water. The world's largest aquarium houses whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea and only whale sharks in an aquarium in North America. Visitors can even get up close and personal with these gentle giants in Georgia Aquarium's swim and dive program. In April 2011, the Aquarium opened AT&T Dolphin Tales, a state-of-the-art dolphin exhibit including dolphin encounters, viewing windows and a dolphin show. www.georgiaaquarium.org

Stroll through the collections of art from around the world without leaving Atlanta.
The High Museum of Art, the premier art museum in the South, is in the midst of a multi-year partnership with The Museum of Modern Art. Through 2013, the partnership will bring many international exhibitions to Atlanta and past exhibitions have included masterpieces by Claude Monet and Leonardo de Vinci. www.high.org

Try a "Coke and a smile."
Born and raised in Atlanta, Coca-Cola is synonymous with the city. Visit the World of Coca-Cola to learn the story of the famous soft drink, now celebrating its 125th year. Go back to the early years of Coke's creation in Atlanta and follow the global brand through the decades. After you've refreshed yourself with more than 60 products from around the world, step out of the museum's front door and into the hub of the tourism district. www.worldofcoca-cola.com

Find out why the greatest American novel was written in "The Dump."
Atlanta is home to the Margaret Mitchell House, featuring the furnished apartment nicknamed "The Dump" by Mitchell and where she wrote "Gone with the Wind." 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the book as one of the best-selling novels in the world, second only to the Bible. www.margaretmitchellhouse.com

Race the gold shoes for a gold medal.
As host of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Atlanta continues to commemorate the Olympic legacy. Centennial Olympic Park was the world's gathering place during the Games and includes the Fountain of Rings, the world's largest fountain utilizing the Olympic Symbol of five interconnecting rings. In 2006, the Atlanta History Center opened a $10 million wing celebrating the Centennial Olympic Games that includes interactive exhibits allowing visitors to compete against Olympic legends such as Michael Johnson and his gold track shoes. www.centennialpark.com

Be a weatherman and news anchor, all in the same day.
Ride the world's longest freestanding escalator to go behind-the-scenes of the first global news network at the Inside CNN Studio Tour. Learn how to report the weather using a green screen, watch the newsroom floor as stories from around the world unfold and keep your eyes peeled for a Robin Meade or Sanjay Gupta sighting! www.cnn.com/tour

Find out what it takes to earn a Nobel Peace Prize, or two.
Atlanta is one of the only two cities in the world to lay claim to two Nobel Peace Prize winners--Martin Luther King, Jr. and former President Jimmy Carter. See the medals on display and learn about their legacies at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Carter Library and Museum. Atlanta's history in the Civil Rights Movement will be punctuated in 2013 when the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens, giving visitors a place to explore struggles for equality throughout history and engage in conversations about the future. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov

Order a F.O. and a naked dog walking.
Only the folks at the world's largest drive-in will know that you're really asking for a frosted orange drink and a plain hot dog to go. The Varsity was established in Atlanta in 1928. www.thevarsity.com

Take bird watching to a whole new level.
Atlanta is home to not only the NFL Falcons, NBA Hawks and MLB Braves, but also to the NASL Silverbacks and WNBA Dream. Atlanta's sports teams play year-round so travelers can walk out of a museum or attraction and into a game virtually any day of the year.

Watch a three-course meal go full-circle atop the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.
Atop the 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza, the rotating Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View offers visitors a first-class meal, scenic glass elevator ride, panoramic view of the city and a walking tour. www.sundialrestaurant.com

Hike the world's largest exposed mass of granite.
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's most-visited attraction. Get your adventure on by making the 1.3-mile hike to the top of the mountain, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the entire city. www.stonemountainpark.com

Follow the footsteps of the country's civil rights leaders.
In 2004, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was unveiled at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Using genuine shoes from each of the honorees to create the footsteps, the Walk of Fame inducted 17 inaugural members, including Jimmy Carter, Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks and Andrew Young. Each year, more foot soldiers are added to the Walk of Fame. There are hundreds of additional spaces designated for future placements of worthy footsteps. www.nps.gov/malu

See puppets that are much more than socks.
The Center for Puppetry Arts, the nation's largest puppetry center, hosts famous puppets and presents both family and adult shows throughout the year. The Center is planning an expansion that will double the museum's current size and will allow for the museum to bring many of its collectibles out of storage. The expansion will also make room for the Jim Henson Wing, scheduled to open in 2012, which will include 500-700 puppets, props, videos and much more. www.puppet.org

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Imaging USA 2013 will be held January 20 - 22, 2013 in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center.

You can find travel information on the Imaging USA Hotels & Travel page, including airport, public transit and rental car information as well as driving directions. Reserved hotel information will also be available on this page beginning in June.

Online registration will be open in June as well. Pricing options are currently listed on the page, so you can go ahead and find the option that works best for you!

Of course, Imaging USA is famous for the great photographic education that occurs during the conference. You'll get a first look at the schedule of classes and instructors in June. You can find information about the Imaging EXPO tradeshow here.

Be sure to check imagingusa.org for all of the latest news and information!


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