Booking Starts January 13

BOOKING STARTS JANUARY 13, 2014

The construction phase of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center is closing in on the last 15% of completion and staff has been busy implementing reservation and booking software. Beginning January 13, 2014, those interested can contact the PIECC at 956/943-0719 or ecdirector@copitx.com to discuss event plans and services and reserve dates. More information may also be found on www.portisabel-texas.com/eventcenter, regarding rates and amenities.

The PIECC offers a variety of flexible meeting and event space with expert audio/visual capabilities and a 9,000 square feet capacity accommodating up to 1,200 people. The largest rentable open floor space, the Queen Isabella Ballroom, is 8,000 square feet and can accommodate between 400 to 850 people. The Queen Isabella Ballroom can also be divided into two rooms, the Reyna Isabella and the El Fronton, both nearly 4,000 square feet. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is 1080 sq. ft. of space, with 12 ft. ceilings, that may be converted to a boardroom type of room layout when not in use as an EOC. The room is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will be able to support a wide variety of multi media events. Outdoor space at the PIECC includes the Charles Champion Courtyard and a generous parking area suitable for open air events.

The service oriented PIECC is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Port Isabel, accommodations, restaurants, museums, waterfront activities and shopping. The non-smoking PIECC will provide a list of suppliers, including caterers, florists, linens and audio/visual equipment.

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The main entrance of the structure has been designed to reflect the area’s nautical theme and will feature a wall made up of back lit panels highlighting a bubble pattern.

The colonnade, to the right of the entrance feature, leads to the Queen Isabella Ballroom, 8000 square feet of open space with 19’ ceilings and an entrance each end. In the service area of the Queen Isabella Ballroom, an 8 ft. door has been installed to allow vehicle access. The Queen Isabella Ballroom is also divisible for events requiring a smaller space, breaking down to the Reyna Isabella and the El Fronton, each 3968 sq. ft.

The property also features a prep kitchen for catered events and will also office staff.

BACKGROUND:

The City of Port Isabel has been looking forward to the construction of such a facility for nearly a decade. In May 2011, Mayor Joe E. Vega and the City Commissioners announced that USDA funding had provided a low interest loan opportunity through their Rural Community Facilities Program. The announcement included an unveiling of the project plans.

In July of 2012, the community celebrated the groundbreaking of the construction phase of the event center. Over 100 community members and local dignitaries attended the festivities.

With an anticipated March 2014 opening planned, the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center Director, Mari Galvan, is tasked with finalizing furniture choices, creating marketing material and setting up software to begin taking reservations. Announcements will follow including a grand opening date, and an open house event.

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