January 2012 Issue • Volume 40 • Issue 1

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2012 ASA Annual Meeting:
Denver — The Cultural Center
of the Rocky Mountains

Lee C. Morris, ASA Meeting Services Department

It’s not too early to begin planning your visit to Denver for the next ASA Annual Meeting, August 17-20, 2012. It has been 41 years since the meeting was held in Denver and ASA is pleased to return to the mile-high city for the next Annual Meeting.

Prime Lodging and Meeting Room Space

The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center is the headquarter hotel for the 107th ASA Annual Meeting. The hotel is adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center. The Hyatt and the Colorado Convention Center will house all of the meeting’s convention services as well as program sessions. The Hyatt amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, Hyatt FastBoard, PDA Check-in, and Wi-Fi (for a small fee) in all public areas. Guestrooms feature a flat screen TVs, high speed internet and Wi-Fi, and plush Hyatt Grand Beds. After a day of sessions, connect with colleagues at the Peaks Lounge, a trendy rooftop bar offering views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.

In addition to the Hyatt Regency, the ASA has secured housing blocks at the following hotels:

Distance to Colorado Convention Center

Hilton Garden Inn

1 block

Crowne Plaza Denver

2 blocks

The Curtis

2 blocks

Denver Marriot City Center

3 blocks

The ASA Annual Meeting housing rates are between $169-210/night depending on which of the ASA hotels you reserve; (rate does not include 14.85% tax).

Guestrooms at each of the properties offer comfortable accommodations and various amenities. There is a full complement of ADA accessible guestrooms available at each of the properties. Housing will open on the ASA website in February.

Note that ASA has negotiated special rates contingent on attendees booking rooms within the block. Please help keep overall meeting costs low and help ASAavoid paying penalty fees to the properties, by only booking rooms in our block.

bigbear

The Big Blue Bear outside the
Denver Convention Center.

What Denver Offers Meeting Attendees

Denver is an exciting destination with world-class restaurants, a festive nightlife, several major league sports teams, and an abundance of cultural attractions. From historic to modern, visitors can enjoy art, performances, and educational opportunities throughout the city. Neighborhoods around Denver house several museums, galleries, and theaters, many with chef-owned restaurants or eateries that make a night on the town complete.

Denver International Airport has many direct flights from major U.S. cities. It serves as the second largest hub for United and the main hub for Frontier Airline, and it is a major hub for Southwest Airlines. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport. Unfortunately for us, the construction of the light-rail system connecting Denver International Airport is not scheduled to be complete until 2017. However, taxis are available to transport passengers to metro Denver. Public bus service is provided to the metro Denver area by the Regional Transportation Service. All major rental car companies are located on the airport premises.

Located directly across 14th Street from the Hyatt Regency is the Colorado Convention Center. Greeting you at the door is the famous 40-foot Big Blue Bear. Hall A of the Colorado Convention Center will house the ASA Registration, Exhibits, and Employment Service. The Program Sessions are located on the main level of the convention center. ASA will provide complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots and networking areas. Details on the Annual Meeting Mobile App are coming soon!

In keeping with the theme “Real Utopias,” the regional spotlight subcommittee, chaired by Liam Downey (University of Colorado), has a host of dynamic sessions planned for Denver. We are looking forward to a great 107th ASA Annual Meeting and look forward to seeing you Denver. Start your planning today.

Attractions:

16th Street Mall – The mile-long pedestrian promenade is located one block for the Hyatt. The Mall is in the heart of Downtown Denver lined with 200 trees, 50,000 flowers, public art, 28 outdoor eateries, and a host of shopping options. Complimentary hybrid buses leave from each end of the mall approximately every 90 seconds.

Lower Downtown – LODO, as it is called by the natives, is 26 square blocks of century old warehouses converted into art galleries, trendy restaurants, rooftop cafes, and sports bars.

Riverfront Platte Valley – Located along the eastern bank of the South Platte, is another booming area of Denver with restaurants and shops. The Millennium Bridge connects the 16th Street Mall to Riverfront Park. The bridge was designed to resemble the mast of a ship extending 200 feet up. Visitors can climb the stairs or take the glass escalator to the top and view downtown Denver and the Platte River.

Cherry Creek – The combination of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North makes this neighborhood the largest and most varied shopping destination between Chicago and San Francisco. This two areas are divided by tree-lined streets and feature some of the nation’s top retailers.

Free Tours:

U.S. Mintwww.usming.gov/mint-tour. Over 50 million coins are produced at the U.S. Mint in Denver daily. Learn how a blank metal slug is transformed into new coins. Free tours are available Monday-Friday.

National Center for Atmospheric Researchwww.ncar.ncar.edu. Global warming is one of the hottest topic of the 21st century (get it?). Learn about global warming and get a closer look at how lightning is created.

Coors Brewery Tour –  www.millercoors.com/golden-brewry-tours.aspx. The brewery is located near the neighborhood of Golden. It is the world’s largest brewing site. The tour includes the brewing and production of Coors Beer. At the conclusion of the tour, free samples are available for individuals age 21 and up.

Taste a Buffalo

For some authentic taste of the Old West, try buffalo meat. Many of Denver’s restaurants offer a variety of buffalo meat—burgers, hot dogs, steak, and jerky. This Denver specialty is leaner than red meat and fewer calories than chicken.

Denver Spotlight – The Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo was opened in 1896 with a small orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan, which was a gift from the mayor of Denver. Today, the zoo has evolved into an 80-acre wonderland located in Denver City Park. The Denver Zoo is home to 4,000 different animals representing 750 species.

Visit the unique attraction of the Denver Zoo.

  • Predator Ridge – The exhibits features Africa’s greatest predators – lions, African Wild Dogs, and hyenas.
  • Primate Panorama – This 7-acre span of park land features the world’s largest habitat of endangered gorillas.
  • Bear Mountain – This national landmark is a first naturalistic habitat of its kind in North America. This exhibit is home to grizzly bears, Asiate black bears, and the curious coati.

The Denver Zoo is located approximately 3 miles from the Hyatt Regency. Public transportation is provided for travel to the zoo. The zoo is open daily from 9am-6pm. Visit www.denverzoo.org.

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