Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 2013

Urban Planner: Omaha

By Sarah Beauchamp, Assistant Editor
PCMA Convene

Whether venturing across a swinging rope bridge in the largest indoor rainforest in the country, or taking in an award-winning show at the historic, 2,600-seat Orpheum Theater, Omaha offers a distinct array of culture, adventure, comfort, cuisine, and fun. Shop or sip at Village Pointe, a Main Street-style, open-air shopping complex, home to more than 60 retailers, including Brix, a unique specialty wine experience. Listen to street musicians while strolling through art galleries and boutiques in the Old Market District. Enjoy an Omaha original craft beer at Upstream Brewing Company. Take in more than 100 acres of botanical beauty at Lauritzen Gardens, fine art at the Joslyn Art Museum (itself a pinkmarble masterpiece), or create your own work of art at Hot Shops Art Center.

All of these options and more are easily accessible from Omaha's 13,000-plus hotel rooms — ranging from boutique lodging like the Magnolia Hotel Omaha to AAA Four-Diamond properties like Hilton Omaha and Hotel Deco XV. Omaha is a cultural oasis on the plains.


Animal Habitat The Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Omaha landmark.

For more information: visitomaha.com


May 3-5, 2013 Woodstock for Capitalists

One of the biggest financial gatherings in the world, Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholders Meeting has been dubbed “Woodstock for Capitalists.” Hosted by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett — and held at CenturyLink Center Omaha the first weekend in May each year — the event attracts more than 35,000 Berkshire stockholders from across the globe. Buffett and associates share insights about business, investing, and the global economy, while fielding questions from attendees and a panel of journalists.

Streetscape

Omaha's Old Market District has been transformed into a trendy shopping, dining, and nightlife hotspot, featuring more than 60 retailers, authentic steakhouses, local pubs, and cozy cafes with live jazz. Explore eclectic art collections or sample locally sourced delicacies at The Boiler Room restaurant. With a plethora of retailers to choose from and the CenturyLink Center Omaha nearby, the Old Market District seamlessly mixes past with present, and business with pleasure.

1. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

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Home to the world's largest indoor desert and the country's largest indoor rainforest, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is a world-class zoo, filled to the brim with exotic and endangered species housed in extraordinary natural habitats. Entertainment lies around each corner, whether visitors explore the exhibits via aerial tram or on foot. Rent out the Butterfly and Insect Pavilion for cocktail receptions, or dine with the sharks in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium Conference Center.

2. CenturyLink Center Omaha

centurylinkcenteromaha.com

From NCAA basketball and the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials to Justin Bieber concerts, CenturyLink Center Omaha accommodates a wide range of events in the heart of downtown Omaha. The 250,000-square-foot convention center and arena — within walking distance of the historic Old Market District and the 24,000- seat TD Ameritrade Park, home field of the NCAA College World Series — is connected via glass-enclosed skywalk to the 600-room, AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Omaha, offering attendees comfort and convenience.

3. The Durham Museum

durhammuseum.org

History comes alive at Omaha's original Art Deco train station, now transformed into a vibrant museum with world-class exhibits. Climb aboard historic passenger trains, including President Harry S. Truman's press train, take a look at one of the world's rarest coin collections, or enjoy an old-fashioned phosphate at the museum's authentic 1930s soda fountain. The Durham Museum gives attendees the opportunity to touch and feel Omaha's rich history.

4. Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

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Stretching 3,000 feet above the Missouri River, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge to connect two states: Nebraska and Iowa. Visitors are able to experience an almost-airborne feeling while capturing breathtaking views from 60 feet above the water. This one-of-a-kind suspension bridge connects more than 150 miles of beautiful nature trails along the Missouri River Valley.


5. Joslyn Art Museum

joslyn.org

As Nebraska's largest art museum, the Joslyn offers a beautiful atmosphere for groups to explore its Art Deco architecture, stroll through the sprawling sculpture garden, and enjoy several fine-arts galleries showcasing classic to modern works, a 1,000-seat concert hall, and the 58,000-square-foot Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion. Also ideal for groups: the indoor fountain courtyard, education technology gallery, a lecture hall, several classrooms, and an on-site café. May 3-5, 2013 Woodstock for Capitalists One of the biggest financial gatherings in the world, Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholders Meeting has been dubbed “Woodstock for Capitalists.” Hosted by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett — and held at CenturyLink Center Omaha the first weekend in May each year — the event attracts more than 35,000 Berkshire stockholders from across the globe. Buffett and associates share insights about business, investing, and the global economy, while fielding questions from attendees and a panel of journalists.


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