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Undeniably Kent State.
That is the feeling the newly renovated Conference Center emanates, with its contemporary, fashionable décor and blue and gold tones throughout.
“The Conference Center was a beautiful building before, but now it is the best in Stark County and perhaps all of Northeast Ohio,” said Conference Center Director Stephanie Monastra. “This was the first major makeover since the building opened nearly 15 years ago. It was time to update the space to meet the changing needs of our clients.”
The purpose of the overhaul, according to Monastra, was twofold. “Not only did we aim to match the building’s overall look to the high level of service and hospitality we provide to our customers, we also wanted the new appearance to exude the pride we feel in being part of Kent State University,” Monastra said. “Now, when you walk through the building, the blue and gold brand is evident – you know immediately you’re at Kent State.”
In addition to new paint and carpet throughout, visitors will notice other subtle touches of refinement in the soft seating furniture, refurbished dining room tables and chairs, and updated meeting room spaces.
The Conference Center’s culinary offerings also have been enhanced to provide customers with an expanded selection of food choices; healthy options that align with the Kent State of Wellness initiative are now interwoven with the classic comfort foods and decadent desserts customers have come to love. A state-of-the-art soup and salad bar is also now available on a daily basis, alongside the chef’s executive lunch choice of the day. The culinary team accommodates dietary restrictions including offering gluten free and vegetarian options.
The changes are not purely cosmetic. The moment you enter the modernized space, you immediately sense a revitalized excitement surrounding the team’s commitment to providing clients with the best possible experience, regardless of occasion.
“As one of only two facilities in Northeast Ohio accredited by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), we are well-positioned to provide premium service for any type of meeting, conference or group outing,” noted Monastra. “We’re striving to become the place where Northeast Ohio business leaders do business and the area’s thought leaders gather. We offer something for everyone, and we pride ourselves on the high level of customization and attention to detail that is afforded to each and every customer who walks through our doors.”
Even better, Monastra adds, this five-star experience does not impact the cost for customers. “Our meeting package costs have remained the same for the last 10 years,” she said, “so we are still providing our clients with superior customer service at a highly competitive price.”
SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT MEETING OR EVENT AT THE CONFERENCE CENTER
While an open house will be scheduled in the near future, anyone interested in considering the Conference Center for an upcoming event should contact Janet Capocci, sales manager, at 330-244-3513. Affordable meeting packages are available and feature all-inclusive pricing per person, per day.