Annual Convention


Mark Your Calendars for Exciting NIA Events in 2017


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Providence Biltmore Hotel
Sunday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 18, 2017



NIA 2017 FALL CONVENTION IN PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Make plans today to attend the next NIA convention to be held October 15-18, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island at the historic Providence Biltmore Hotel.

Providence has so much to offer and fall is the perfect time to visit. Highlights will include a welcome cocktail reception with our suppliers. As usual, a highlight will be a plant tour with typical New England style lunch.

Our program will also include great round table sessions and an outstanding speaker on top industry and business issues. Evenings will give time for visiting some of the top local pubs and restaurants.

Our optional tours will highlight the natural beauty of the area. Most of all you will have lots of time to network with other ice industry friends throughout our three nights in Providence. Craig Rossi promises one of the best “pub crawls” ever!

Providence will be a wonderful host for our group as we sample all this wonderful city has to offer.

Providence delights in its sobriquet, "Renaissance City." No question, the city is moving on up, counter to the trend of so many small and midsize New England cities.

Prosperity is evident in the resurgent downtown city business center and the emerging adjacent neighborhoods dubbed the Arts & Entertainment and Jewelry districts. More recently on the rise is the West Side, a former industrial enclave adjoining Federal Hill, the city's "Little Italy." All are attracting creative young people and the eating places, shops, bars, and various entertainments they crave.

Rivers have been uncovered to form canals and waterside walkways; distressed buildings of the last century have been reclaimed; and continued construction has added a new hotel behind Union Station as well as Providence Place, a monster mall that brought national department stores here for the first time.
A burgeoning dining scene includes ambitious new restaurants that are nearly always less expensive than their counterparts in Boston and New York. College Hill is a National Historic District, the calendar is full of special events, and the presence of the young people attending the city's 12 colleges and universities guarantees a lively nightlife.

Roger Williams knew what he was doing. Admired for his fervent advocacy of religious and political freedom in the early Colonial period, he obviously had good instincts for town building as well. He planted the seeds of his settlement on a steep rise overlooking a swift-flowing river at the point where it widened into a large protected harbor. That part of the city, called the East Side and dominated by the ridge now known as College Hill, remains the most attractive district of a New England city, second only to Boston in the breadth of its cultural life and rich architectural heritage.

College Hill is so named because it is the site of Rhode Island College, which started life in 1764 and was later renamed Brown University. The Hill is further enhanced by the presence of the highly regarded Rhode Island School of Design, whose buildings are wrapped around the perimeter of the Brown campus. In and around these institutions are several square miles of 18th- and 19th-century houses, Colonial to Victorian, lining often gas-lit streets. At the back of the Brown campus is the funky shopping district along Thayer Street.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

As part of the NIA convention we will offer a fascinating walking tour of Providence. A walking tour is by far the easiest way to see the top sights of this city. Our guide will give you great insight into the city and its history, along with share many tales about its famous or infamous residents.

Additional opportunities to visit nearby Newport, Rhode Island will be offered as well.

OUR HOTEL, THE PROVIDENCE BILTMORE

We are really excited to have such a wonderful hotel for our convention location this year.  The Providence Biltmore offers the perfect location for your free time and a beautiful destination in and of itself for your time in Providence.

A majestic old dame, this downtown 1922 hotel was designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore, the same team responsible for Grand Central Station in New York City.

It still awes with its sweeping stairway, crystal chandeliers, bronze ceiling, and distinctive glass elevator. Rooms, all with king beds, retain much of the same old-world charm without feeling even the slightest bit fusty, while the spa is a nice up-to-date touch. We have negotiated great rates for the convention!

Now, with all that to think about I know you will definitely want to start making plans to attend.  We will still have lots of surprises to come including a very special final night banquet.

Providence will have so much to offer and the meetings are sure to give you special insight into the industry and time with great industry friends.  We will look forward to seeing you in Portland.  Look for registration in mid-August.