The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (Higher Ed) provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs, professional development courses, as well as 95,000 square feet of high-tech conference facilities. LEARN MORE
 
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Supporting the agency’s mission of regional economic development, the Conference Center at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center is here for you. Whether you need a sophisticated, technologically-advanced facility for a business or professional conference, or 95,000 square feet of party space for celebrating a life event, we can accommodate that need. Our staff includes technology experts and a professional meeting planner, whose familiarity with our available facilities and amenities can significantly streamline your event planning.

The Conference Center features:

  • The Grand Hall, with 13,000 square feet of space and a concert-quality sound system
  • Comfortable seating for 110 in the Tiered lecture auditorium
  • A U-shaped, tiered classroom, with seating for 61
  • 30 meeting rooms, offering flexible seating for up to 1,200 people
  • Board rooms
  • Computer labs
  • Reception areas
  • An outdoor patio with available grill
  • Technology, Equipment and Capabilities

  • High-speed ATM, ISDN, and IP capabilities
  • Broadband Internet connectivity
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • Video web streaming and global videoconferencing
  • Computer labs
  • Available computers for public use
  • Sound systems
  • 12 spotlights available (Grand Hall)
  • Other Amenities

  • On-site food and beverage services
  • Outside catering from the approved catering list
  • Large dance floor
  • Complimentary parking
  • Professional meeting planners Joyce Brooks and Janet Williams
  • Skilled staff (information technology and conference services)
  • About Our Location

  • The Higher Ed Center is convenient to both Tri-Cities Regional and Virginia Highlands Airports, and readily accessible from Interstate 81.
  • Historic Abingdon offers unique cultural and recreational opportunities.
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