Raleigh and its neighbors—Durham, Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park—have become a regional hub for the healthcare industry. The local chamber of commerce says Raleigh has the largest life-sciences industry in the South.
The surrounding neighborhood, which includes the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, offers more meeting space. The hotel will be connected to the convention center via an enclosed thruway. Developers are busy designing concepts for the immediate surroundings, including a boutique hotel and condominium complex next to the convention center.
A performing arts center with four theaters is located across the street. The Exploris Museum, featuring an IMAX theater, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, are also near the convention center.
Nearby Fayetteville Street, a pedestrian mall that is being reopened to cars, offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants to entertain conference attendees during off-hours.