serving excellence

Serving excellence is at the core of our Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Conference Center staff’s every move. State-of-the-art meeting space, 21st century technology, appetizing cuisine and expert staff help transform our region’s economy by attracting event attendees from across the globe to Southern Virginia. The IALR Conference Center also hosts new business prospect meetings, industry and organization meetings and similar groups. All the while, expert technology staff stand by to help plan and aid meetings and events with an array of services and offerings.

Successful 2023 Events

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Vice President, Institute Conference Center and Operations

Tracy Fink

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Office: 434.766.6722
Meet The Team

meeting spaces

From executive meetings to large-scale events, the IALR Conference Center has the space to accommodate your needs in a modern, functional environment with advanced technological capabilities. Just some of our various options include professional board rooms; a 135-seat, tiered Executive Auditorium; an 8,400-square-foot Great Hall for conferences and large banquets; and a 3,800-square-foot Atrium for receptions. Our expert staff will work with you to configure each space according to your custom needs.

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services & amenities

Our expert staff with more than 70 years of experience stands ready to assist and ensure your event is a success. With utmost professionalism and care, they offer event management and planning, advanced technological services, marketing and promotional support, and exemplary food and beverage service from an on-site caterer. Plus, your event will be complete with recommendations and guidance on area activities, amenities and accommodations to round out your special occasion.

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Food & Beverage

The IALR Conference Center prides itself on remarkable reviews of exquisite cuisine and exceptional service. Whatever the size or style of your event, our team will tailor the menu for an enjoyable and beautifully presented meal, whatever the occasion. From expertly prepared and served luncheons and dinners to specialty buffets and boxed lunches, the Institute Conference Center works to meet and exceed your needs, helping clients achieve meeting and event objectives.


"You couldn’t ask for better hands-on service. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Conference Center has great team dynamics, great follow-up, and outstanding, world-class service."
Vera Vaden / Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority 
"Year after year, IALR has been excellent to work with. They have always been helpful and friendly and made our annual events there a huge success."
Hannah Nuckles / God’s Pit Crew
"Our team has been repeatedly blown away by the professionalism, helpfulness, and quality of the staff and facilities at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Conference Center."
Jennifer Eddy / Eddy Alexander
"Goodyear-Danville is so grateful for all United Way does for our community, and we're glad to be able to support them in a meaningful way. (Regarding IALR's Decorating the Trees for a Cause program, an annual fundraiser benefiting charitable organizations that is organized by the Institute Conference Center)"
Laura Singleton / Goodyear-Danville
"Thank you for hosting us at your incredible facility! Between the logistical and technical support that you provided before and during the event, to offering nutritious meals and refreshments for participants and volunteers, and especially your amazing hospitality -- we were so very fortunate to partner with your team and…"
Team Leader / Capital One
"I want to thank everyone who made our holiday luncheon a success. The food keeps getting better and better. I ate some of everything, and it was delicious. Compliments to the chef. Everyone has been telling me how great the food was and how much they enjoy having the luncheon…"
June Conner / CIT
"Thank you for being so accommodating to our staff and volunteers during our recent Benefit Banquet. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Conference Center is a beautiful venue and the staff is truly committed to ensuring each visitor is given their utmost attention."
God's Pit Crew / God's Pit Crew
"I was thrilled with the beautiful room and decor! The food was delicious and the wait staff was amazing! We will be back very soon for our next meeting!"
Christy Oakes
"The meeting rooms are spacious and equipped with state-of- theart presentation and audio visual needs. The food and beverage were exceptional, and the staff was very kind and friendly assisting us. Having meetings at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) Conference Center is a great setting for any…"
Cindy Bennett / Essel Propack
"Goodyear sets a gold standard for supporting community service work. United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County greatly appreciated all their hard work as Campaign Chair for 2016-2017."
Traci Petty / United Way
"“What a wonderful experience we had working with your staff as they helped us prepare and present the Danville Master Gardener’s Spring to Green this year! From the evaluations and feedback from everyone there, this was the best year ever! It was wonderful knowing the staff at The Institute were…"
Pat Morgan / Danville Master Gardeners Association

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Do you have an event approaching that we can help accommodate? Let us know how we can serve your needs through 21st century technology, state-of-the-art meeting space, gourmet cuisine and experienced staff who practice exceptional customer service. We are ready to assist for any occasion.

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The IALR Conference Center proudly offers Megabytes, an on-site restaurant with breakfast and lunch options including a hot buffet, fresh salad bar and beverage options. The menu changes weekly to ensure continuous variety, and the pleasant ambiance features a contemporary design complete with large televisions and digital menu boards. A favorite dining choice of visitors and locals, Megabytes provides gluten-free and vegetarian selections. Frequent guests enjoy dine-in and to-go opportunities.

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