Sure, you can always use the convention center or a hotel ballroom for a special event or function, but you certainly don't have to. Although they might not be well known outside of their own cities, second-tier cities have a wealth of unusual and interesting attractions that can be used for groups. And the selection is ever-expanding. Consider:

* The Makoy Center, Columbus, Ohio: Emulating the style of a 1920s luxury hotel ballroom, the center's main hall is a French art deco masterp

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