by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | April 01, 2008

AMA day conference centers

Covering the basics:
AMA day conference centers

Finding space for a day meeting that requires no hotel rooms used to be a planner’s worst nightmare. Not anymore. Day meeting spaces, for rent by the hour or day, are springing up in office buildings across the country, and they come loaded with everything from high-tech gadgets and ergonomic chairs to on-site support staff and complimentary java.

The New York City-based American Management Association ( has executive conference centers in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Arlington, Va., that come with a meeting concierge desk and a host of complimentary items, such as beverages, local calls and wireless access. Its standard meeting package includes a meeting room, two flip charts, an overhead projector and screen, and a VCR.

Washington, D.C.-based Preferred Offices ( has nine executive conference rooms in the Beltway area that can each accommodate from 15 to 25 attendees. The company’s newest addition, the Reston (Va.) Center, scheduled to open next month, is just six miles from Dulles International Airport and features complimentary Starbucks products, a self-service business center and membership discounts at a nearby fitness center.

With 4,000 meeting rooms in 465 locations, Addison, Texas-based Regus ( dominates the day space market. Packages include catering, complimentary high-speed Internet service and support staff. Its newest outpost is in the LEED-certified Banner Bank Building in Boise, Idaho, featuring two conference rooms and a business lounge.