Richmond, the center of it all! … A wonderful place to visit, live, work, and raise a family is centrally located two hours, by car, from the Atlantic Ocean, Washington DC and the Blue Ridge Mountains and within two hours, by plane, to cities from New York and Atlanta. Central Virginia is home to so much of our nation's heritage; but yet, a contemporary city with a quality of life and cost of living you will quickly appreciate in today's economy. It is the “Gem of the James River”, with many parks and scenic greenways. Thank you, Microscopy Society of America, for choosing Richmond in 2009 as host city for Microscopy and Microanalysis Convention.