by Michael J. Shapiro | December 19, 2017
The newly renovated Monterey Conference Center will celebrate its grand reopening on Jan. 31, following a $60 million overhaul. City and county officials believe that the venue, in historic downtown Monterey, Calif., will be a catalyst for the city's growth.
"The renovation and grand reopening of this modern, state-of-the-art building will be an important contribution to the continued economic revitalization of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula," said Mike McCarthy, city manager, who went on to thank local hoteliers for supporting and funding the renovation project.
The LEED-certified Monterey Conference Center will have more than 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and capacity for 3,200 people. The venue is connected to the 341-room Monterey Marriott and adjacent to the newly renovated 379-room Portola Hotel and Spa. Together, the three properties will offer 85,000 square feet of meeting space and 19,150 square feet of exhibit space. 
"What better way to kick off a new year than by welcoming visitors to the new Monterey Conference Center and our destination," said Tammy Blount, president and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We see the facility as a regional hub of innovation that will capitalize on our destination's natural allure and, together, help drive new thinking for group attendees."
The rebranding and renovation of the property aimed to modernize the venue and its amenities while remaining true to the classic style of the original building, which opened in 1977 and hosted the first-ever TED Conference in 1984. The new tagline, "Where innovation and inspiration meet," pays tribute to the region's natural beauty as well.
Groups are now booking the venue for 2018 and beyond.