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GLIN==> Lake Michigan Watershed Academy Conference, May 20-22, Hammond, IN - Registration Now Open!!

Lake Michigan Watershed Academy Conference
May 20 - 22, 2008
The Calumet Conference Center
Purdue University, Calumet                                    
2300 173rd St., Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Register online at: www.cmap.illinois.gov/lmacademy.aspx

You are invited to join colleagues for a three-day interactive conference on
water quality issues and regional policy development relevant to Lake
Michigan and the Basin, and its watersheds in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana
and Illinois.                             

Who Should Attend:


This program seeks to gather together not only staff from regional planning
organizations that are located within the Lake Michigan basin and watershed
groups that plan and implement projects within their watersheds, but also
local elected officials and planning or public works staff of municipalities
located within the basin as well as other agency planners, policy makers and
project implementers on a local or regional level. 

Wednesday Keynote Speaker:

John Austin - "Healthy Waters Strong Economy - The Economic Benefits of
Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosystem"


John Austin, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and
Director, Great Lakes Economic Initiative, will share results from the
recent Brookings-Great Lakes Economic Initiative report that describes and
puts a dollar value on the diverse economic benefits that flow from
stewardship of the unique Great Lakes water system.



Tuesday, May 20th: 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.       

An in-depth look at current initiatives at Regional Planning Organizations.

Wednesday, May 21st: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Breakfast & lunch included)

Water Quality Issues Guiding Policy Development & Implementation. 
Purdue University and Michigan State University will provide Hands-On
Training for Free Web Planning Tools.


Thursday, May 22nd: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Breakfast included)

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the Implications for Regional
Travel & Hotel Information:

Hotel:  We have arranged a special conference rate at several hotels in the
area.  You must reserve your room directly with the hotel and secure your
room with a credit card.  See the conference website for details
(http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/lmacademy.aspx). Book by April 21st to
guarantee the  rates.


* The Fairfield Inn & Suites $139.00 plus tax per night please reference the
'Lake Michigan Academy Conference'
* Ameril-Host $89.00 plus tax per night please reference the 'Managers
* Best Western $89.99 plus tax per night please reference 'Shed Conference'

* Home-Towne Lodge $54.00 plus tax per night please reference 'Lake Michigan


Travel: The closest airports are Chicago Midway Airport and Gary Chicago
International Airport.

See conference website for driving directions.



We are currently recruiting sponsors for this event.  Please contact

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