The 47-acre urban revitalization project known as Adriaen’s Landing is evidence that Hartford is a city steeped in both history and the future. Named for Dutch mariner Adriaen Block, who in 1614 became the first European explorer in the Connecticut River valley region, the project is the cornerstone of a five-year, multifaceted state and city economic development plan. The anchor of this rapidly developing area is the 540,000-sq.-ft. Connecticut Convention Center, which offers a 140,000-sq.-ft. main exhibit hall, a 40,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, 19 meeting rooms and many high-tech features such as Webcasting and cyber-cafes. Attached to the Center is a AAA Four Diamond, 409-room Marriott Hartford Downtown, which offers an additional 13,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. Also nearby are the 393-room Hilton Hartford, 350-room Ramada Plaza and 215-room Holiday Inn.
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