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A Cornerstone in the Gastonia, North Carolina City Revitalization
Project, the Gastonia Conference Center Opens

The 30,000 Square-foot, Multi-use Facility is Managed by The Wilderman Group

Gastonia, NC – December 2011 – Flanked by the mayor and city council of Gastonia, NC, a crowd of local business owners, event planners, community organizations, arts committees and local residents watched Mayor Jennie Stultz cut the ribbon on the long-awaited 30,000 square-foot, multi-use Gastonia Conference Center.

Conveniently located in downtown Gastonia, the center is easily accessible to I-85, just 15 miles from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.  The Center’s design pays homage to the surrounding architecture and heritage of the area and is registered for LEED-Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.  The $10,000,000 project is a centerpiece of downtown Gastonia’s robust revitalization to create a strong sense of community pride, grow local business, and keep revenues circulating within the local community. The conference center is owned by the city of Gastonia and is being financed through limited obligation bonds that will be repaid with hotel occupancy taxes over 23 years.

Immediately after the opening and dedication, the facility hosted a number of local organizations and associations including Gaston Arts Council, As One Ministries, Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Professional Women's Association.  According to Director of Sales, Carol Queen, “the local community has responded more than enthusiastically to the opening of the conference center.  We are encouraged by a good number of meetings and events on the books and optimistic about the year ahead.”

With 5,000 square feet of flexible space, the grand ballroom accommodates over 300 people for banquet seating, or over 400 people for auditorium-style seating. The ballroom features cutting-edge technology with traditional furnishings and appointments, and can be divided into four separate rooms. All space is designed with a high level of flexibility and comfort.

Six convenient breakout rooms totaling more than 3,600 square feet are also available in close proximity to the ballroom and accommodate groups of 20 to 60 people each.  The facility is designed according to the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers including conference technology, comfort, design, lighting, and food and beverage considerations.  The interior space is elegant, modern and contemporary with timeless, classic design elements throughout.

Positive Economic Projection
The concept, development and operation of Gastonia Conference Center has always been about supporting the local and regional businesses and strengthening the local economy.

The Gastonia Partnership Program demonstrates a commitment to supporting the growth of local business such as photographers, florists, hotels, caterers, printers, which boosts the overall economic development of the Gastonia area.  In addition to keeping revenues circulating within the local community, the Partnership Program strengthens sustainable efforts that help reduce negative environmental impacts.

Positive Environmental Impact
Consistent with the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification, Gastonia Conference Center adheres to sustainable site development requirements that include water and energy efficiencies, recycled or salvaged materials and resources, and efficient air quality management.  The parking deck includes nine conveniently located electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for hybrids, electric, and other plug-in vehicles.

Gastonia Conference Center
As the cornerstone of the downtown revitalization project, Gastonia Conference Center complements the existing local architecture and includes extensive environmental and sustainability programs.   With 5,000 square feet of flexible space, the ballroom accommodates over 300 people for banquet seating, or over 400 people for auditorium-style seating.  The facility features state-of-the-art conference technology and traditional furnishings.  All space is designed to maximize comfort and efficiency. For additional information, visit

The Wilderman Group is a woman-owned hospitality management company that provides focused services both customized and cutting edge with a concentration in the Carolinas and the Southeast. They specialize in civic and community developments and creating effective and productive environments for meetings and conferences. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, TWG is a full-service hospitality management firm with a team of industry experts in all areas of hospitality including operations, sales and marketing management, food and beverage, and environmental programs. They are steadfast in their commitment to environmental stewardship and are proud and active members of the US Green Building Council’s Charlotte Chapter, the South Carolina Chapter, the Georgia Chapter, and the International Association of Conference Centers. Visit The Wilderman Group at

James M. Mahon
914 548 5835


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