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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION HOSTS
10TH ANNUAL OHIO LAKE ERIE CONFERENCE

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host its 10th Annual Ohio Lake Erie Conference titled, "Balanced Growth for Lake Erie's Future", on Thursday, September 6, 2001 in Mentor, Ohio, featuring programs and projects that represent Balanced Growth along the Lake Erie shoreline. The day-long conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa Centre.

The Commission will also present the annual Ohio Lake Erie Awards during the luncheon followed by the announcement of the Year 2001 Lake Erie Protection Fund (LEPF) Grant Awards, featuring LEPF grant projects in the afternoon.

In conjunction with this conference, the Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly meeting the afternoon before the conference on Wednesday, September 5, 2001, at 2:00 p.m., at the Mentor Beach Park Pavilion, 7779 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio. The Commission meeting is a public forum in which citizens and groups interested in Lake Erie issues are welcome to attend.

Conference Agenda:

8:30 - 9:30 AM	   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:40 AM             Welcome - Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch, Executive Director; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office

9:40 - 10:00 AM	   Announcing the Lake Erie Commission's Balanced Growth Initiative - Dr. Samuel W. Speck, Chairman; Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Director; Ohio Department of Natural Resources
		
10:00 - 11:45 AM	  Lake Erie in the Balance:
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch, Executive Director; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
-A Past Century of Imbalance - David Beach, Executive Director; EcoCity Cleveland
-Balanced Growth: Maryland Style - John Frece, Governor's Special Assistant for Smart Growth; State of Maryland	 
-Heritage Tourism for Resource Protection - Ted Eubanks, Director; Fermata, Inc., Austin, Texas
Question and Answer Period

11:45-12:45 PM          Lake Erie Luncheon and Presentation of the Ohio Lake Erie Awards - Director Samuel W. Speck, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

12:45-1:15 PM            Meet and Greet Break

1:15-1:25 PM		Progress of Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund - Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch, Executive Director; Ohio 
Lake Erie Commission Office

1:25-1:45 PM		Presentation of Year 2001 Lake Erie Protection Fund Awards - Director Samuel W. Speck, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

1:45-3:00 PM		Concurrent Sessions (Refreshments Available):

Building Blocks for a New Lake Erie Ecosystem - Cardinal Ballroom
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey L. Busch, Executive Director; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
-Dr. Robert Heath, Kent State University
-Dr. David Culver, The Ohio State University

Restoration Efforts in the Watershed - Diamond Ballroom
Moderator: Jamie Kochensparger, Public Information Specialist; Ohio Lake Erie Commission Office
-David Vasarhelyi, Director; West Creek Preservation Committee
-Dr. Judy DuShane and Patrick Hayes, President; Kelleys Island Audubon Club
-Dana Bollin, Naturalist; Maumee Bay State Park (invited)

3:00 PM	Adjourn


Travel Directions:
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa Centre (5785 Heisley Road, Mentor OH. 44060) is located 25 miles east of Cleveland. From Cleveland, travel east on 
I-90/Route 2 to Route 44 North Heisley/Grand River Exit.Turn right and travel south 1/2 mile - the LaMalfa Centre is on the left. For further information, please call (440)357-0384 or their website at www.lamalfa.com.

Accommodations:
Overnight accommodations on September 5 are available at a special conference rate of $65.00 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites attached to the LaMalfa Centre. Attendees will receive this discounted room rate by mentioning the Lake Erie Conference when making reservations. Each individual is responsible for their own reservations. Reservation deadline is August 25. For reservations, please call (440)357-0384.

Registration Information:
The registration fee is $30.00. This entitles attendee to a continental breakfast, luncheon, refreshment break and conference materials. Registration deadline is August 30.

For More Information:
Please contact:  Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission (419) 245-2514 or oleo@www.epa.state.oh.us.

Registration form for mailing follows below.
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BALANCED GROWTH FOR LAKE ERIE'S FUTURE
10TH ANNUAL OHIO LAKE ERIE CONFERENCE - September 6, 2001

Conference Registration Form:
Name:___________________________________________________________
Title: ____________________________________________________________
Organization: ________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________
City, State & Zip Code: ____________________________________________
Phone:__________________________________________________________ 
Special dietary needs: (LaMalfa Signature Lemon Chicken will be served).
Pasta Primavera is available as an alternate choice. Please indicate if you
request the alternate pasta dish _______________________________________.
Registration Fee: $30.00. Deadline: August 30, 2001. Make check payable to: 
"Treasurer State of Ohio." Send check and Registration form to: Ohio Lake Erie Commission, One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor, Toledo, OH 43604-1866. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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Jamie Kochensparger
Public Information Specialist
Ohio Lake Erie Commission
One Maritime Plaza, 4th Floor
Toledo, OH  43604-1866
V:  419/245-2514
F:  419/245-2519
E:  jamie.kochen@www.epa.state.oh.us




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