Jacksonville, known as the city "Where Florida Begins"
For the budget minded meeting planner, the beautiful city of Jacksonville Florida is an excellent choice offering event venues ranging from 10 to 10,000 people and 16,000 guest rooms in the city with an affordable price under $139 per night and world class amentities that other Sunshine State cities offer at much higher prices.
Jacksonville offers event spaces that include the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center offers 265,000 square feet of space with two boardrooms, pre-function space, a grass pavilion and a spacious lobby at the center. The Times-Union Center offers lovely riverfront seating, three exhibit halls and elegant lounges and galleries. Included are the 76,000-seat Municipal Stadium, 4,000-seat Equestrian Center, and nine-acre Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
The city center includes the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks with the Jacksonville landing being a popular riverfront dining and shopping venue accessible by river taxi from the Southbank Riverwalk. Just minutes from the convention center, the Jacksonville Landing is home to several restaurants that can host cocktail receptions or a leisurely meal with family and friends. A casual day out at the outdoor Metropolitan Park offers picnic areas and a riverside pavilion to accommodate up to 3,000 people. Other meeting choices may be one of the city's numerous golf courses, or the 77,000 sq. ft. Mediterranean Revival clubhouse at the Tournament Players Club with luxurious rooms for a upscale event. Other attractions include Cummer Museum, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Museum of Science and History. The city is also home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
With the public transportation available in Jacksonville, the options make traveling within the city efficient, quick and affordable and downtown trolleys offer free rides to popular sites like Jacksonville Landing. For extended service, a bus or light rail will do for the outer areas and the Jacksonville International Airport, welcomes non-stop flights from over 30 cities.
The economy of Jacksonville is booming, and was named the 10th fastest growing city in the United States by Forbes in 2007 and ranked 3rd in the top ten U.S. cities to relocate to find a job. Jacksonville is home to many prominent corporations and organizations, including the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies: CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, Fidelity National Information Services and Winn-Dixie. In addition to CSX, the Florida East Coast Railway and the large short line railroad holding company RailAmerica are also based in Jacksonville.
There is a mix of over 2,500 historic buildings, seven expansive bridges, and soaring skyscrapers. Cutting through the heart of downtown, the St. Johns River defines the cityscape as much as it does the attractions. The Jacksonville Riverwalk, one of the most popular places to visit, is a 1.2-mile stretch along the river where visitors can enjoy scenic views of the water and Jacksonville skyline. Home to attractions such as the Navy Memorial and Jacksonville Maritime Museum, the Riverwalk's famous 200-foot-wide Friendship Fountain is also a great spot to picnic.
The city's nightlife shines just as brightly as the daytime sun with beachside bars that dot the coast and the Five Points district offers live music and performances. A star among the city's nightlife, the riverside Jacksonville Landing is a two-level shopping and dining hub. Whatever the setting, Jacksonville's welcoming environment and top-notch attractions will have guests thinking twice before passing over the city "where Florida begins".
For those of you who are looking for a meeting place that offers a unique flavor of a conference destination and affordability, Jacksonville is most attractive. Let us help you gather bid proposals and present them to you by email. We offer this service free of charge, and we can help you negotiate with the hotel to get the best possible rates.
Planning meetings for our business is time consuming, and finding your service at no extra expense has made out sourcing your services for our meeting locations around the country the best choice for us.
New York, NY
The Signatures Group was extremely helpful in securing the appropriate lodging for our daughters destination wedding to Charleston. They took the pressure off me and allowed me to be the mother of the bride and enjoy the fabulous weekend as a guest. A rare treat for me.
B. Choyke Elmhurst, IL
Thanks for helping us find the perfect hotel for our wonderful family reunion. Great Service! No Charge! We will be using you again for other cities!
Johnson Family, Atlanta GA