New Attraction

La Grange's new CityPlace
receiving lots of attention

Officials hope the new event center
will promote economic growth in the area

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2015) – When CityPlace opened last year, expectations were high that it would bolster economic development in Oldham County, Ky. The 38,000-square-foot facility serves as an event venue that developers hope will draw business from the region.
“CityPlace is the perfect venue for corporate events, continuing education seminars, trade shows and conferences,” said Karen Greenwell, Administrator for CityPlace. Choosing CityPlace for an event “brings a great opportunity to move your event to a location out of the city and into a more relaxed setting.”
CityPlace is a project of The Rawlings Foundation, established by George and Beverly Rawlings. The purpose of the foundation is to further the advancement of Christian education, values and teaching around the world.
Greenwell said the purpose of CityPlace “is to help provide a vision of the great potential that can be realized for the La Grange and Oldham County area by attracting event groups and people from far and near to enjoy the Visitor Center and the various events at CityPlace.”

CityPlace inside

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CityPlace offers many indoor and outdoor options for holding events.

The facility is located a half mile from I-71 and offers two, large enclosed pavilions outfitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that includes cordless microphones, indoor-outdoor stage lighting, 15 80-inch HDTVs with A/V inputs, broadcast capability from almost any device with HDMI or VGA input, Wi-Fi streaming through Apple TV and the capability to live-stream events into any CityPlace facility.
There are two pavilions available for rent. Pavilion 1 is 5,500 square feet and overlooks The Plaza, a park-like setting with a water feature. Pavilion 2 is 6,500 square feet. Both contain covered porches and double doors that open 180 degrees, allowing an indoor-outdoor effect for an event.
The facility’s availability to have webinars for local businesses “will be very convenient, saving their company both time and travel expenses as well as allowing them to coordinate the details for the day with local vendors which will put back (revenue) into our community,” said Greenwell.
When the Board of the Oldham County Community Foundation was searching for an event venue within the county for their annual grant awards and celebration last October, they chose CityPlace. Travis Rice, Board Chair of the foundation and Senior Vice President for Investments with Raymond James, said the facility was chosen because of “its location, the fabulous new facilities, and the terrific help we got from the CityPlace staff in organizing and hosting the event.”
Rice said, “It was the perfect choice and our 70 guests, all of whom were seeing CityPlace for the first time, raved about the venue and the event.” He believes CityPlace will draw events to the region once people see it and get a sense of the many ways the buildings can be used, such as for receptions, corporate events and celebrations. “There’s nothing else like it in our area.”
Just as developers had hoped, “CityPlace enables people in our community who are seeking a special venue for a special event to stay right here in Oldham County,” said Rice. “We are extremely fortunate to have a venue of this size, flexibility and beauty in our community and should all be grateful to The Rawlings Foundation for making this possible.”
Melissa Sparks, Director of Partnership for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said she has visited CityPlace. “I look forward to the possibility hosting a Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau-sponsored event at CityPlace at some point in the future.”
Sparks said she was “immediately impressed with the facility. The possibilities are endless for the types of events CityPlace can accommodate with its sleek design, amble meeting space, state of the art technology and friendly, professional staff. I especially love the outdoor space and the waterfall feature which bring ambience to any outdoor event.”
She agrees with Rice in that “I know this will be a tremendous economic driver for the Oldham County community. Meeting planners are always looking for new, exciting locations to host their events, and CityPlace certainly fits the bill.”

• For more information about CityPlace or rental fees, contact Karen Greenwell at (502) 225-0870 or visit the website: www.CityPlaceExpoCenter.com.

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