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User Conference 2018
April 18-20, Raleigh, NC
Below you will find some useful information that will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about the User Conference.
Need help building your proposal and presenting it to your manager? We’ve got you covered! We have put together a sample letter to get you started as well as a benefits of attending document that will help explain the benefit of attending our User Conference to your manager.
The temperature in Raleigh in April averages about 71 degrees for a high and 46 degrees for a low. It can be a bit rainy but when it isn’t – it’s beautiful!
FM:Systems will gladly refund conference fees until Friday, March 30 with a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date.
The Raleigh area is continually ranked as one of best places in the Southeast and nation to live, visit and play. The area is often referred to as the “Triangle” to encompass Chapel Hill and Durham, just 20 minutes from Raleigh.
Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, and the people who live here love it for the weather, the lifestyle, and the beauty of the area. With seven colleges in Raleigh alone, the area is home to numerous restaurants and a lively downtown and arts scene.
Explore why locals love living (and eating) here!
Restaurants in Downtown Raleigh
- Plates Kitchen – Globally inspired, locally made
- Beasley’s Chicken & Honey – Famous Chicken and Waffles!
- Lucette Grace – Brunch and Pastries
- Sushi Blues Cafe – For our sushi lovers (BOGO!)
- Bida Manda – Laotian Cuisine
- Five Star Restaurant – Delicious Chinese
- XOCO – They have a salsa conveyor belt!
- Calavera Empanada & Tequila Bar – They have over 70 different types of tequila!
- Whiskey Kitchen – Southern Delights
- 42nd St. Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill – Southern Seafood
- Big Ed’s City Market – Southern Cooking
Amazing Misc. Spots:
- Oak City Meatball Shoppe – Famous Meatballs
- Fiction Kitchen – For our Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Free friends
- Videri Chocolate Factory – Handcrafted Chocolate
Bars and Breweries:
- Flying Saucer – For our beer lovers
- Boxcar Bar + Arcade – The funnest bar ever
- Trophy Brewing CO. – Amazing craft beer
Activities in Raleigh:
- NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- NC Museum of Art
- Deco Raleigh – Local art and handmade goodies
- JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
- City of Raleigh Museum
Learn more on Visit Raleigh’s Website
Please make plans to fly into the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The airport is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel and a cab would be approximately $35-$40 per trip.
Located in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel is right in the middle of an outdoor plaza surrounded by outdoor shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance. All conference events with the exception of the Thursday night dinner are held at the conference hotel:
Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh
500 Fayetteville Street | Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
919-833-1120 | 888-236-2427
Driving directions to the hotel.
When you call, please tell them you are with FM:Systems to ensure you get our discounted rate. Hotel rooms are the responsibility of the attendee and are $179+ per night. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Monday, March 26, 2018.
We have put together a cost chart to help you estimate your conference expenses.
Conference registration is $900 per person through February 2; after February 2 the conference price will be $1,050 per person. This price includes:
- Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres during the Welcome Reception at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on Wednesday, April 18
- Breakfast and lunch at the Raleigh Marriott City Center and dinner at the Merrimon-Wynne House (transportation will be provided) on Thursday, April 19
- Breakfast and lunch at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on Friday, April 20
- A quarter day class is $125 or ½ training credit
- A half-day class is $250 or 1 credit
- A full-day class is $500 or 2 credits
Once you reach the conference hotel, you will not need transportation until your return trip to the RDU airport. All conference events are at the hotel, with the exception of the Thursday night dinner on April 19 in which transportation will be provided.
Cabs are plentiful at the RDU airport.
If you choose to rent a car for the conference, parking at the hotel is $12 per night for self-parking, $30 per night for valet.
If you have any questions about restaurants or activities in the area, you may contact the concierge at 919-833-1120.
The hotel features a complimentary gym for guests.
The dress code for all events at the conference is business casual. A light sweater or jacket is also a good idea for the occasionally cool meeting room.
For questions regarding the 2018 FM:Systems User Conference, please contact Leasha Jackson at email@example.com or (919) 582-9720.