Virginia Tech - Invent the Future

The Department of Geography and the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA) at Virginia Tech welcome you to the 2013 Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in beautiful downtown Roanoke, Virginia, November 24-26, 2013.

This year's meeting is held at the historic Hotel Roanoke. Roanoke was a little town named Big Lick when enterprising railroad magnate Frederick J. Kimball chose it as the site of a railroad juncture and a major city. After Kimball combined two of his railroads into the Norfolk and Western Railroad, he built his vision of a comprehensive community with the Hotel Roanoke as its grand centerpiece.

In 1989, Norfolk Southern Corporation gave the hotel property to the Virginia Tech Real Estate Foundation and in 1993 the Hotel Roanoke began a multi-million dollar restoration and remodeling renovation project, funded by a package of public and private financing in conjunction with the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech.

Re-opening in April of 1995, Hotel Roanoke carefully preserved the past with touches such as an antique-filled lobby, original Czech-made chandeliers, and beautifully restored rooms as well as simultaneously embracing the future by building a state-of-the-art conference space, together forming The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

The city of Roanoke, Virginia is a blend of the old and new, the historical and modern. It is a privilege to host SEDAAG 2013 in this historic location. We hope that you will join us to visit a classic hotel, a modern art museum, and an old city market, all in close proximity in downtown Roanoke. See the Lodging & Travel section and the Area Highlights section for help in making your travel plans. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Notices & News

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Notes for Session Chairs and Presenters

More information:
Bill Carstensen Jr
Professor & Department Head
Geography (0115) Geography
115A Major Williams Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Work: (540) 231-2600

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