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2017 AACTE Annual Meeting to Take Over Tampa Waterfront


AACTE’s 69th Annual Meeting will be held at the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) March 2–4, 2017. Nestled on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, Florida, the TCC is an inviting and attractive venue, boasting ample and flexible space well–suited to host AACTE’s Annual Meeting.

The TCC provides the very best Florida has to offer from large meeting spaces and cafés to restaurants and waterfront gathering areas including The Sail, Tampa’s only 360° waterfront bar. For Annual Meeting attendees, the TCC will be the perfect place to enjoy dazzling sunshine and waterfront views, while learning and networking with colleagues.

The TCC itself is barely 20 years old and has been the site of numerous high-profile events. Having cohosted the Super Bowl in 2001 and 2009 as well as the Republican National Convention in 2012, the TCC is well–prepared to meet the needs of AACTE. And even with over 300,000 square feet of meeting space, its compact footprint allows for multiple sessions to occur at one time, without feeling disconnected from other events occurring during the Annual Meeting.

The ideal size of the TCC means you aren’t overwhelmed by a massive building, walking lengthy distances from the Conference Community Center to concurrent session rooms, or even competing for building amenities and staff attention. The Center has many well–appointed, comfortable spaces for networking, Wi-Fi access, an on–site business center, and in–house dining options for when you need to grab a quick snack on the way to your next session.

Whereas recent Annual Meetings have been staged almost entirely in a single host hotel, 2017 will kick off the first of three years where the event will be held partially within a downtown convention center space. In Tampa, the majority of AACTE sessions will be held at the TCC, with affiliate meetings being held at the adjacent Tampa Marriott Waterside. Attendees will walk a short distance from one of AACTE’s host hotels to enter the new digs at the TCC. Just steps away from the TCC, participants will be immersed in the warmth and modern facilities downtown Tampa has to offer.

Come experience the enhanced AACTE Annual Meeting – One community. One purpose. One place.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Take advantage of discounted registration by October 19.

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Matthew Wales

Vice President, Member Services & Events