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2018 Conference Central

February 14–17, 2018 | Richmond, Virginia USA

The Academy is celebrating its 25th annual conference in 2018 in Richmond, Virginia from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.

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Conference Location

In the heart of downtown, the newly-renovated Richmond Marriott offers a blend of luxury and Southern charm. The hotel offers a prime location that puts you just steps from its historical past. AHRD guests will be able to experience the city’s unique ambiance by taking the complimentary shuttle to a number of diverse dining and entertainment venues.

Marriott Richmond Hotel

Marriott Richmond
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219

  • Phone: 1+804-643-3400 or 1+800-228-9290
  • Website:
  • Guest Room Rate: $159.00 plus tax
  • Room Block Deadline: January 13, 2018, or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. AHRD has a block of rooms reserved for the nights of Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Sunday, February 18.

About Richmond

Richmond ranks NO. 7 on Travel + Leisure’s list of “AMERICA’S FAVORITE CITIES.” —, May 2016

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Traveling to Richmond

The Richmond region is easy to get to with flights from all over landing at Richmond International Airport. Within half a day’s drive of half the population of the United States, getting to Richmond by car or bus is as easy as hopping on I-95. Amtrak trains follow the I-95 corridor as well with two Richmond region trains dropping off at Ashland, Staples Mill and Main Street Stations.

By Plane
Richmond International Airport is just 15 minutes from downtown Richmond. Six air carriers provide service to RIC: Allegiant, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United. Each offers nonstop flights to major national destinations and connecting flights to cities around the world. Beginning in March, OneJet will offer nonstop service between Richmond and Pittsburgh. Taxi service at RIC is available. James River Transportation provides executive sedan and limousine service. Additional transportation options include nine rental agencies and transit service (visit for bus route and schedule). For more information, visit

By Train
Hop on an Amtrak train and trek to Richmond with ease and comfort. ­ e national rail operator stops at three stations locally. Rail service is located just minutes from I-95 and I-64 at 7519 Staples Mill Road. Passengers also arrive at downtown’s Main Street Station at 1500 E. Main St., and Amtrak has a station in the heart of downtown Ashland, at 112 N. Railroad Ave. Stations are handicapped accessible, and baggage service is available. For more information about Amtrak service, visit

By Automobile
Did you know the Richmond region is located within a day’s drive of half of the U.S. population? Utilize Interstates 95 and 64, the major corridors traveling through the region. For ease of navigation, vehicle rentals, taxi service, GRTC bus transportation and Uber service are also available.


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"With the James River as an anchor, Richmond reveals a stark natural beauty, that no matter the season, offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy."

The New York Times, "36 Hours in Richmond, Virginia"

"Virginia's capital city combines genteel southern manners with a northern sensibility in a conflux of culture that can't quite be pigeonholed by geography or at any one point in history...Richmond is a city always half a step ahead of the zeitgeist."

Metrosource, "Out of the Cradle of the Confederacy, Richmond Shines Anew"

"...Richmond, Virginia: a complex, richly layered city - cultured and refined, yet hard-working and accessible..."

Food & Wine's, "48 Wild Hours in Richmond with the Rappahannock Boys"

"In Richmond, even what is old now feels cool."

New York Daily News, "Richmond, Virginia is Transforming from Parochial to Cool, and One of the East Coast's Most Intriguing Cities"

"Virginia's capital has long been a destination for good grub,and in recent years, the dining scene has catapulted onto the national stage."

USA Today, "Made in Virginia: Flavors Only Found in Richmond

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