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Title: Great Lakes Areas of Concern conference, June 28-29, Cleveland, Ohio

~ Conference Announcement ~

Great Lakes Areas of Concern:  Achieving Restoration Targets and Sustaining Stewardship

June 28-29, 2007
Hilton Garden Inn
Cleveland, Ohio

Keynote address:        Getting People to Care: Sustaining Great Lakes Stewardship for Future Generations
                        By Jerry Dennis, author of the acclaimed book The Living Great Lakes and the forthcoming book A                                 Watcher on the Shore, a study of the Great Lakes and our changing relationships with nature.

Conference Overview
The conference will convene participants from the 30 U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern to review recent developments affecting the AOC program; assess the status of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s AOC recommendations; identify opportunities to expedite progress on key AOC tasks; improve linkages among the AOCs, Lakewide Management Plans and other programs; and consider actions that will strengthen the regional U.S. AOC program.   The conference program and registration form are available online at http://www.glc.org/rap/aocconference.

Agenda Highlights
The conference will feature more than 40 presentations on activities underway in the U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern.  The following are the major topics that will be addressed at the conference:

Who Should Attend
The conference is intended for all stakeholders working to restore environmental quality in the U.S. Areas of Concern, including federal, state and local agency staff; members of local stakeholder groups; elected officials; citizens organizations; contractors and consultants involved in restoration activities; and other parties. 

The conference registration fee is $50 and includes lunch on Thursday, breaks, the reception and all conference materials. To register, complete the registration form and submit it to the Great Lakes Commission. The registration fee may be paid in advance or onsite at the conference. The registration deadline is Friday, June 22!

Travel Funding
Funding is available to support participation in the conference from representatives from the U.S. Areas of Concern.  The chair of each local RAP group will be invited to designate one representative who will be eligible for travel funding.

Lodging is available at the Hilton Garden Inn, where the conference is being held. A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved under the Great Lakes Commission’s name for Wednesday and Thursday, June 27-28, at a rate of $98 plus tax. The reserved block will be released June 13, after which rooms will be provided on a space-available basis.  Call the hotel at 216-658-6400.

Dinner Cruise on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River
An optional dinner cruise is being arranged for conference participants and their guests Thursday evening following the first day of the conference.  The cruise will include dinner, a cash bar, and a three-hour cruise on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.  There is a $35 charge for the dinner cruise and advance registration is required. You may sign up for the dinner cruise on the conference registration form.

Display Tables
Local RAP groups, watershed organizations, agencies, consultants and other parties involved in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern are encouraged to bring informational materials to share with conference participants.  Display tables will be provided upon request and time will be available before and after the conference and during breaks and the reception to share information.  Display tables can be requested on the conference registration form.

The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office; the Great Lakes Commission; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan.

For more information, contact Matt Doss, Great Lakes Commission, 734-971-9135, mdoss@glc.org.