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Register by April 29th.

The Athlete Engineering Summit 2022 at The Communiversity.

The Communiversity

7003 S Frontage Rd,

Columbus, MS 39701

Special events and dinner will be held on the MSU campus.

Starkville, MS, is the home of Mississippi State University (MSU). MSU is among the nation’s leading major research universities. With more than 175 programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, MSU is preparing its students for bright, productive futures where academics are combined with the proper tools for tackling today’s tough issues and making a difference in society.

Columbus, MS, is the home of The Communiversity at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence 2.0. The Communiversity is a state-of-the-art workforce training center looking to produce trained workers for some of the world’s most technically advanced manufacturers. The Appalachian Regional Commission has invested $10.7 million in the 135,000-square-foot facility that delivers training and education to support the expanding automotive supplier, aerospace, and advantaged manufacturing industries which is driving job growth in Mississippi’s Golden Triangle. The new facility features laboratory space; 21 high-bay training and education spaces; incubator bays for new start-ups; equipment and machinery required to demonstrate an actual production area; technology-appropriate classrooms, learning laboratories; and meeting and administrative space. Moreover, the facility has the flexibility and capacity to adapt equipment and programs to meet the evolving workforce needs of local employers.

East Mississippi Community College is a public community college serving six counties in East Central Mississippi, offering university-parallel programs, career-technical programs, and workforce programs. EMCC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our students, our community and our personnel through instructional opportunities, with specific focus on a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Parking for Special Dinner, Tuesday, May 10th, 6pm – 8pm

Please park (highlighted yellow area) across from the Templeton Building. Take the walkway (highlighted green) in between Templeton and the Dudy Noble Baseball Stadium to the back of the 4 story Lofts and take the elevator at the west end of the building to the Rooftop.!m/70246

Parking for Social Event, Wednesday, May 11th,  6pm – 8pm. North Endzone – Gate: G-1

Please park (highlighted yellow area) in the Barnes & Noble parking lot. Take the walkway (highlighted green) across BS Hood Drive to the North side of the Davis Wade Football Stadium. Enter facility through gate G-1.!m/20999



Starkville and Columbus are located in the northeastern part of Mississippi. It is about a two-hour drive from Jackson, MS, a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Tuscaloosa, AL, and a three-hour drive from Memphis, TN.

Nearby airports:

  • Golden Triangle Regional Airport – GTR (Columbus, MS),  2 miles east of The Communiversity, 12 miles west of Columbus, and 17 miles east of Starkville. Delta has direct flights from Atlanta to GTR.
  • Birmingham – Shuttlesworth International Airport – BHM (145 miles away from Starkville)
  • Jackson – Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport – JAN  (126 miles away from Starkville)
  • Memphis International Airport – MEM (182 miles away from Starkville).

For flights into and out of GTR, there is a free shuttle service Monday through Saturday: Golden Triangle Regional Airport Express

  • Shuttle will depart 30 minutes after flight arrival and will arrive at The Courtyard at Marriott 55 minutes after flight arrival.
  • Shuttle will depart The Courtyard at Marriott 1 hour and 25 minutes before flight time.
  • Shuttle will arrive at GTR 1 hour before flight time.
  • Schedule will shift based on actual flight arrival times.


Book your group rate for 2022 Athlete Engineering Summit at the Courtyard by Marriott in Starkville, MS

Click on link above to secure group rate.

Event Summary: 2022 Athlete Engineering Summit. $179 USD per night.

Start Date May 10,2022 – End Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Last Day to Book: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The closest hotel to Mississippi State University, the new Courtyard by Marriott® Starkville MSU is conveniently located to all of Starkville and is on site with the area’s newest development, The Mill Conference Center at our hotel in Starkville, MS features over 15,000 square feet of flexible event space. At the center of the hotel lobby is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. This Starkville, MS hotel provides inviting, flexible spaces throughout public areas where you can work or relax with free Wi-Fi. Our well-equipped fitness center, patio pool and whirlpool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard by Marriott® Starkville MSU at The Mill Conference Center is your new Starkville, MS destination!

Book your group rate for 2022 Athlete Engineering Summit at the Comfort Suites in Starkville, MS

Group Name: MSU 2022 Athlete Engineering Summit

Group Number: JS49P4

Click on link above to secure group rate. All rooms MUST be booked before Tuesday, April 19, 2022. After this date, the group room block is released to the general public and you will no longer have access to the special group rate.

Whether you’re in town to cheer on the Bulldogs at Mississippi State University or explore the historic downtown district, our Comfort Suites® in Starkville puts you in the middle of it all. Close to Mississippi State, a 5-minute drive away, and near to downtown, our spacious hotel is ideal for every traveler. You’ll be charmed by this sweet Southern town, with its art markets, gallery strolls and citywide tailgate parties on game days. Enjoy the boutique shops, local flavors and historic architecture of downtown, less than 2 miles from our hotel.

When the Bulldogs are playing at home in the fall, ring your cowbell loud and proud at Davis Wade Stadium. Our pet-friendly hotel keeps you close to attractions like the Nash Street Historic District, a gem of a neighborhood known for its Tudor revival, craftsman, and colonial revival architecture from the 1930s and 1940s.After a day of touring, snuggle in your cozy bed, complete with premium bedding. Spread out—our suites give you 25 percent more space than a traditional hotel room—and watch a movie on the flat-screen TV.

When it’s time to turn in, get a good night’s rest with us at our Comfort Suites, then start your day with free hot breakfast and fresh coffee. Our hotel also features a fitness center! No matter what brings you here to Starkville, our friendly staff will ensure you will have a memorable visit.

Additional hotels in Columbus, MS.

Places of Interest

The following Google Map shows several restaurants and other places of interest near MSU.