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The event will be held at the


The Mills House (Wyndham Grand Hotel)

115 Meeting Street

Charleston SC USA

  • The lodging rate is $249 usd single/double, subject to applicable state and local taxes.

  • If you are extending your stay, please book within the block and then contact Eric Gilbert ( for early arrivals or late departures.

  • There are a limited number of rooms at this rate and honored until the cutoff date of October 30, 2023.

Reservations can be made directly to the hotel. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

There is a limited number of rooms that may be available at the conference hotel. Participants are encouraged to make reservations early to guarantee lodging at the conference hotel. The conference lodging rate deadline is October 30th.  After the deadline, reservation fees will be at the hotel's going rate and can not be negotiated.

The POLY Business Office has one room at the Mills House held at the conference rate (1 room, Sunday-Tuesday Nights @$249 + tax=$852.12). If you are interested in this booking, please email KATHYL@VT.EDU.

Lodging Deadline is

October 30, 2023 (5 PM EST)

Ground Transportation

The nearest airport is Charleston International Airport (CHS.) This airport is a short taxi/UBER ride (12 miles from downtown) to the hotel. Plan to spend $40.00 - $45.00.


Taxi service is available in the center median outside baggage claim. There is a $15 minimum charge for all taxi services departing from the CHS airport.


Ride Share Location: Exit through the baggage claim doors and follow the rideshare signs. Cross both roadways and turn right at the last sidewalk. 


The Downtown Shuttle into Charleston is also available with a cost per passenger and departs within 15 minutes of request. The shuttle is a shared ride and may make other stops downtown, depending on the number of passengers.  The Shuttle service runs early morning until after the last arriving flight each night.

History of Charleston, South Carolina

"Founded and settled by English colonists in 1670, Charleston grew from a colonial seaport to a wealthy city by the mid-eighteenth century. Through the mid-nineteenth century, Charleston’s economy prospered due to its busy seaport and the cultivation of rice, cotton, and indigo. 

In April of 1861, Confederate soldiers fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, thus signaling the beginning of the Civil War. Charleston was slow to recover from the devastation of the war. However, its pace of recovery became the foundation of the City’s greatest asset – its vast inventory of historically significant architecture. Short on capital after the war, Charleston was forced to repair its existing damaged buildings instead of replacing them. 

After the war, the City gradually lessened its dependence on agriculture and rebuilt its economy through trade and industry. Construction of the Navy Yard in 1904, just north of the City’s boundaries, pushed Charleston vigorously into the twentieth century. During the first few decades of the 1900’s, industrial and port activities increased dramatically. Later, major sources of capital came from the Charleston Naval Base, the area’s medical industry and the tourism industry.  Today, approximately 7 million people visit our city annually, generating an estimated economic impact of $7.37 billion." (

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