Conference Services

Space & Logistics

Conference room

USM provides a broad selection of rooms and facilities for your event on two campuses.  We can help you build a customized event package tailored to your program budget and objectives.  Whichever campus you select, we can provide a full range of services to support your event and your participants.Facility testimonial

 

Campus Facilities & Room Rentals

Choose the right venue for your event. USM gives you choices on three campuses – Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn. Spaces range from the popular and spacious Hannaford Hall to classrooms of all shapes and sizes as well as gyms, board rooms, auditoriums, seminar rooms, and overnight rooms.

  • Gorham campus– 20 minutes from Portland with the collegiate atmosphere of a small-town traditional campus.

  • Lewiston Auburn Campus- 30 minutes from Augusta, 40 minutes from Portland, and 90 minutes from Bangor- USM's LAC venue can hold up to 240 people.

Please note: The University of Southern Maine approves use of its facilities and services to individuals or groups only in accordance with USM Policies and Procedures: Licensed Use of University Facilities, Grounds and Equipment.

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Facility & Room Set-ups

The configuration of your room contributes to the comfort of your participants and the effectiveness of the event. We will help you choose the atmosphere, location, and room type that best meet the needs of your event.  We’ll also help you choose the set-up  that matches your needs and make sure it’s ready to go when your group arrives.

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Technology

  • WiFi - Today’s conference attendees expect that they can use their laptops, smart phones, or iPads.  When you have your event on campus you are guaranteed  access to our wireless high-speed network.  Your conference attendees can check their email, update their blogs, upload pictures, and post on Facebook or Twitter.

  • AV - We offer professional audio visual equipment with personal
    attention, reliability, and support. We can coordinate:
    • Knowledgeable AV technicians
    • Projectors and screens
    • Computer equipment
    • Wired and wireless microphones
    • DVD Player and LCD monitors
    • CD Players
    • And much more
  • Polycom- We can coordinate Polycom service giving you the flexibility to meet and collaborate with colleagues and partners by simultaneous two-way video and audio transmission.

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Directions, Parking, and Transportation

When you contract with USM we will provide accurate directions and coordinate parking for event attendees. We can also coordinate your transportation needs if you have events in multiple locations.

If you like to vist the Abromson Center in Portland, just visit our directions and parking information page

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Housing

USM can also help you find housing options for your event on and off-campus.

During the summer months USM residence halls are available for rent. We also have a long list and history with hotels in the area and can negotiate the best deals to meet your conference needs.

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Security

If crowd control and security are a concern for your group we can arrange for police officers to ensure the safety and comfort of your event.

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Other Venues

As members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, we have built solid relationships with venues throughout southern and central Maine. We can help you choose the best site for your event. We can also negotiate the best deal for your organization and bring our conference services and staff to the event. In addition, we are not limited to Maine or even New England.  As experienced meeting planners, we have travelled all over the country with events and conferences.

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