Salem Convention Center – Oregon


Located in the downtown business and entertainment district, the Salem Convention Center combines convenience with a modern, versatile meeting space. This facility, offering more than 30,000 square feet of function space, was built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards. In fact, the Center recently received certification as an EarthWISE business by Marion County for its recycling, waste reduction and energy conservation programs.

The first-floor 8,750 square-foot Santiam Ballroom holds up to 1,000 guests and divides into as many as six separate rooms. Spacious light-filled galleries serve as exhibit, reception or pre-function space. Its South Gallery opens onto the Courtyard and Sculpture Gallery.

The second-floor Willamette Ballroom measures 11,400 square-feet and accommodates up to 1,500 attendees. The ballroom divides in half or up to four equal-sized rooms. Across a wide hallway, four generous-sized breakout rooms add to this level’s versatility. The Willamette Foyer, with soaring ceiling height and window walls, feels like an aerie and makes the perfect location for a reception.

Complimentary high-speed WiFi and built-in audiovisual technology are supported by on-site technicians to ensure seamless presentations. Plasma screens at room entrances reduce the need for printed signage. Free underground parking and a convenient loading area make access a breeze.

Executive Chef, Tory Knaus, brings an extensive knowledge of Northwest Cuisine from his many years working in hospitality businesses across the region. His culinary team incorporates local, seasonal products into their menus, showcasing Oregon’s agricultural bounty, while also providing flexibility through customized meals to suit planners’ needs.

For hotel accommodations, look no further than the connected 193-room Grand Hotel. Literally steps away from the meeting rooms, the Grand Hotel’s large, suite-like rooms feature areas for sleeping, working and lounging, as well as refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers. Guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, free parking and a complimentary hot breakfast. Hotel services include a 24-hour business center, indoor pool and spa and a fitness center. The hotel’s Bentley’s Grill serves lunch and dinner, plus a late-night bar menu in the lounge. The restaurant’s extensive wine list reads like a “who’s who” of Oregon and Northwest winemakers.

Salem Convention Center is close to the State Capitol building and government offices, as well as Willamette University. Being in the heart of Salem’s commercial district, you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants. A short walk brings you to the to the Willamette River. Take a stroll through Riverfront Park and visit the Carousel with vintage hand-carved and painted horses.

Nearby cultural attractions include Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette Heritage Center, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Elsinore Theater, Reed Opera House, Bush House and Bush’s Pasture Park, Historic Deepwood Estate and Mission Mill Museum. Plus, Salem is in the middle of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. Plan some extra time for a relaxing drive through the countryside and visit a few of the region’s more than 500 wineries. BY TAMARA MULDOON


Kara Campuzano, director of sales & marketing