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Golden Past, Golden Future
The National Waterways Conference
50th Anniversary Annual Meeting at Boston Harbor
September 22 – 24, 2010
A golden opportunity beckons you to make history in one of America’s most historic venues as the National Waterways Conference celebrates its 50th anniversary on the Boston Harbor waterfront! John Smith is credited with its discovery in 1614 and now 396 years later, Boston is the oldest continuously operating port in the Western Hemisphere—an ideal setting for revisiting our past and pondering the future!
A review of NWC’s half-century of achievement will set the stage for discussion of present-day water resource challenges and opportunities. Sharing their unique perspectives will be the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, US Army Corps of Engineers, and RADM Daniel Neptun, Commander, First Coast Guard District. A conference in Boston calls for a speaker from Harvard, and filling the bill is Professor John Briscoe, Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science with a presentation on water management in a changing world.
Leading a review of NWC’s history will be The Honorable Mike Parker, former Assistant Secretary to the Army (Civil Works). He will be joined by grey eminences of American waterways development Harry Cook and George Grugett. Mr. Cook , NWC President Emeritus, without question, influenced much of it as has Mr. Grugett, Executive Director of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, an icon of the inland river community. Present-day issues will be updated by Col. Tom Feir, New England District Commander, USACE; Dr. Sandra Knight, Deputy Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administrator, FEMA; Steve Little, President and CEO of Crounse Corp. and Chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board; Tony Willardson, Executive Director, Western States Water Council; Jorge Romero, K & L Gates; Bill Anderson, Williams Mullen LLP.
Water resources issues both near and long term will be examined by Steve Stockton, Director of Civil Works, USACE; and Dr. Ed Link, Senior Research Professor, Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, University of Maryland. Previously Dr. Link served as the Director of Research and Development, USACE and principal scientific advisor to the Chief of Engineers. The meeting will end with a bang as Aaron Schulman of the world-famous Toffler Associates will be on hand to push us into thinking about and preparing for the future. Prepare to have ‘conventional wisdom’ challenged as he presents ways of dealing with future uncertainties in a thoughtful and strategic fashion. The only thing at stake is survival.
There’s nothing quite like a national convocation and the quality of presentations it engenders, and this year’s historical venue completes the experience. Come to Boston and help make some history!
*PIANC USA will be hosting its Annual Meeting on September 22nd. There is no charge to attend PIANC’s meeting. Details are available at www.pianc.us. PIANC USA attendees may attend NWC’s Annual Meeting at the NWC member price.
We are pleased to announce that PIANC USA will be co-hosting our Wednesday evening Welcome Reception with the generous support of Ingram Barge Company
Thursday evening gala event
Moonlight Dinner Cruise of Boston Harbor, aboard the Odyssey.
Proudly sponsored by CDM
This year’s Annual Meeting will be held at the InterContinental Boston, a luxury hotel located on Boston’s Waterfront, just a short drive from Logan International Airport.
Book your room early to receive NWC’s group rate of $275.00. This special group rate expires on September 1, 2010, after which reservations will be based on regular rates, subject to availability.
To book NWC’s special group rate online Click Here or call 617-217-5030.
There are a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $240, to book the government rate please call the InterContinental directly at 617-217-5033.
The InterContinental is pleased to offer a 15% discount at the SPA for any services booked in advance.
This year’s spouse event begins with an entertaining and informative guided tour of the city aboard the fun and exciting Boston Duck Boats. Stop for lunch at Stephanie’s on Newbury Street. After lunch, next stop is a visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Be sure to join us for a fun-filled day exploring the fabulous city of Boston. Again this year, there is no charge for the spouse event; however pre-registration is required.
Tentative Schedule at a Glance:
Wednesday, September 22
Thursday, September 23
Friday, September 24