MSU Riley Center showcases media center

The Mississippi State University Riley Center in downtown Meridian shines as one of the South’s principal venues for meetings and conferences. Thanks to a grant from The Riley Foundation, the center now boasts cutting edge technology for performances, conferences, exhibits and a wide range of professional/educational meetings.

“Our primary selling points for the Center since opening have been our classic historical beauty and our built-in technical capabilities. After eight years of use, those technical features were becoming obsolete, and we were finding it more and more difficult to serve the modern needs of our clients. The Riley Foundation recognized this fact and encouraged us to plan a grant proposal that would comprehensively address our issues and reach further to develop our full competitive edge in technology again,” said Dennis Sankovich, the Riley Center's executive director said.

The MSU Riley Center also has the ability to record and broadcast conferences and seminars as live events, thus allowing participants to view multiple live events as well as provide access in an archive format if needed. In addition, all audio/visual capabilities are offered in-house, rendering third party companies unnecessary and bringing cost savings to all involved.

The grant from The Riley Foundation also has provided a complete revamping of the MSU Riley Center’s website. The redesigned website’s features include interactive floor plans, video tours, conference room details and photo galleries that showcase the center to clients worldwide.

Local vendors, including Hooper Electronics, Peavey Electronics, Leading Edges and Webster Electric, "have been great partners in major parts of this project, in addition to giving us competitive pricing," Sankovich noted.

Bob Deen, chairman of The Riley Foundation, said, “It is important for the MSU Riley Center to remain on the cutting edge of technology to provide the best conference facility in Mississippi and the surrounding region.”

According to Becky Farley, the foundation's executive director, reported the organization has awarded $34 million to Mississippi State for its downtown campus for the continued revitalization of Meridian and educational opportunities for the citizens of our community.

For more information about the MSU Riley Center Conference facilities, please contact Suzanne Helveston at 601-696-2203.

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