July 10-13, 2017
Iowa State University
Hosts: Aaron Brand, Pete Lawlor, Dan Little
Interested in becoming a meeting sponsor?
Visit the 2017 AERGC Meeting Sponsorship page
The AERGC would like to thank all of the generous sponsors for their donations
in making the 2016 Annual Meeting a success!
Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting is now open!
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center At Iowa State University
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50014
A block of rooms is available until June 18, 2017 under the group name of AERGC. The group rate is $139.00+tax per night.
Ames only has a very small airport that has no commercial flights. The nearest airport is the Des Moines International Airport. Ames is approximately 40 miles north of the airport.
The Des Moines International Airport has several options for rental cars available in the terminal including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car Rental, and Thrifty Car Rental.
Executive Express is a shuttle service that provides regular service to Ames and can be booked here: http://www.executiveexpress.biz/. A round trip from Des Moines to Ames and back looks to be about $86.00 for one rider and $116 for 4 riders, so try to coordinate with others to save some money!
Uber looks to be a $35-81 ride one way depending on how many riders.
There are several taxi services that operate in the Des Moines area. Their fare is estimated at $90-95 one way.
There are many options for dining on or near South Duff Avenue, which is about two miles away from the hotel, including many national chains. Some local favorites are:
Hickory Park (BBQ) - http://www.hickoryparkames.com/ - 1404 S. Duff Avenue, Ame, IA 50010
The Mucky Duck Pub (British food) - http://themuckyduckpub.com/ - 3100 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Dublin Bay Irish Pub & Grill - http://www.dublinbayames.com/ - 320 South 16th Street, Ames, Iowa 50010
Aunt Maudes (Fresh, Locally Sourced Ingredients) - http://auntmaudesames.com/ - 547 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010
The Spice Thai Cuisine - http://www.thespiceames.com/ - 402 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010
Bar La Tosca (Mediterranean and Italian) - http://www.thespiceames.com/ - 400 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010
Depot Deli & Cookies, etc. - http://www.depot-deli.com/ - 526 Main Street, Suite 106, Ames, IA 50010
The Other Place (Sports Grill & Pizzaria) - http://theotherplace.com/ - 631 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010
Wallaby’s Bar and Grille (Sports Bar & Grille) - http://www.wallabysbarandgrille.com/ - 2733 Stange Road, Ames, IA 50010
El Azteca (Authentic Mexican Food) - http://www.elaztecaames.com/ - 2727 Stange Road, Ames, IA 50010 and 1520 Dayton Pl, Ames, IA 50010
Brick City Grill (Named Best Burger in Iowa in 2015 and Best Sports Bar & Grill in Ames) - http://www.brick-city-grill.com/ - 2704 Stange Road, Ames, IA 50010
+39 Restaurant, Market, & Cantina (Italian) - http://www.plus39italian.com/ - 2640 Stange Road, Ames, IA 50010
Le’s Vietnamese - http://www.lesvietnameseames.com/ - 113 Colorado Ave #103, Ames IA 50014
Things to Do
https://www.visitames.com - lots of information on things to see and do as well as places to shop and dine in Ames and the surrounding area.
Ames is home to 4 golf courses and two Frisbee golf courses
For the art connoisseur, Iowa State and Ames is a great place to visit! All Iowa State Museums are free but do have a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.
Brunier Art Museum – The only accredited museum emphasizing decorative arts collection in the state of Iowa. The collection includes prints, paintings, sculptures, textiles, carpets, wood, and more! - Scheman Building, 1801 Center Drive, Ames, IA 50011
Christian Petersen Art Museum – Christian Peterson was the first artist in residence at a U.S. college or university. He is known for his sculptures, many of which are found throughout the Iowa State campus. 1017 Morrill Hall, Ames, IA 50011
Iowa State University Library – Visitors can find four large murals painted by Grant Wood (the painter of the famous American Gothic)
Octagon Center for the Arts – Art gallery with rotating exhibits - 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA