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Conference to Showcase Little Rock Highlights

It seems only appropriate that the 2018 Going On Faith Conference is going to be held in part of America’s Bible Belt: fascinating Little Rock, Arkansas.

“We are a city of historic churches with roots deep in Christ,” said John Mayner, vice president of marketing and communications for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is significant and impactful for Little Rock that this Going On Faith group will bring its conference to our Bible Belt city.”

The conference, August 7-9, will be held in downtown Little Rock’s convenient Statehouse Convention Center, which is attached to the official conference hotel, the Little Rock Marriott. Travel planners for churches and religious organizations all over the country, as well as travel industry representatives, will pour into the capital city of Arkansas. They will have a lot to see and do.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this year’s Going On Faith conference and showcase our city with all of this group’s meeting planners,” said Gretchen Hall, CEO of the convention bureau. “Our city has gone through a tremendous revitalization, and we’ve received numerous national accolades for the city’s attractions and amenities, meeting facilities and service, and our pedestrian-friendly downtown. We can’t wait to share all of it with this group.”

Opening Night Dinner

The opening night dinner on Tuesday, August 7, is always popular with delegates and will be held in a signature Little Rock venue.

“I can now share with you that the opening event and dinner will be held at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in downtown Little Rock, and tours will be offered in advance of the dinner,” Mayner said.

The Clinton Center, on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock’s River Market District, houses one of the largest collections of U.S. presidential archives in the country. It features 20,000 square feet of exhibition space and showcases American and world history at the beginning of the 20th century. There is a full-scale replica of the 42nd president’s Oval Office, a reconstruction of the White House Cabinet Room and a 110-foot timeline that explains in words, photos and artifacts the significant events that happened during the Clinton administration, 1993 to 2001. There are also exhibits that present the personal side of a presidential family, with an intimate look at life inside the White House.

Dan Dickson

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