5 Cool Corporate Retreat and Training Centers

It pays to get the staff out of the office every once in a while. These five example highlight facilities offer amenities that work well for training, team-building, relaxing or letting loose.

By John Brandon
Thu, April 18, 2013

CIO — Education is a centerpiece of any good IT organization. As new technology trends emerge, staff members need to know how the IT landscape will change, how to respond in kind and what impact the technology will have on their day-to-day jobs. Even large companies such as Wal-Mart and Exxon frequently hold training days for their staff.

The big question: Where to hold the training? You might already have ample meeting space on site—but these facilities offer amenities such as massive screens, catered meals, comfortable meeting/training spaces and scenic vistas. Here are five sites worth considering for your next offsite training event. Each offers its own unique advantage.

The Cable Company

The Cable Company
Daniels Great Hall at The Cable Center.

This high-tech facility in Denver caters to those in the cable industry, but training rooms are available for any purpose. Unlike some resorts and hotels, training rooms are decked out with equipment. For example, if you use the boardroom, the center provides Dell Latitude laptops, projector with screen, microphones, webcams and even a full technical support team to help with setup. Fees run as high as $6,000 for 300 attendees in a large room or $300 for one room. The facility has a modern, open design to inspire better learning.

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Aspen Meadows Resort

Aspen Meadows
Catto Board Room at Aspen Meadows.

One key to a successful training day for IT folks: Making sure there's reliable and fast Internet access. The scenic Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen, Colo. recently upgraded to 100Mbps Ethernet and added a 20-inch 3-D projector and screen with 7.1 digital surround sound to the main meeting space. The largest room has 4,235 square feet of space. There's also an executive room with comfy chairs, built-in bookcases and massive windows that look out at the mountains and a river.

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