CARIA Annual Conference
May 10 – 11, 2018
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
The 2018 Annual Conference of the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association is scheduled for Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th, at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama, the head of navigation on the Alabama River.
Schedule of Events begins on Thursday with an open schedule to allow you to enjoy the variety of activities Montgomery has to offer (golf, tennis, shopping, sightseeing, etc.) before a welcome host bar reception at 5:30 PM at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel (???). Included in your registration fee is an evening at Riverwalk Stadium when Montgomery’s AA baseball team, the Biscuits (minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) will play the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers) at 6:35 PM. CARIA will have an area with a buffet set aside at the Stadium. (???) There are some very good restaurants and hangout places in downtown Montgomery just waiting for you to visit. Learn more about Montgomery here.
Friday’s events will include a continental breakfast, a CARIA membership meeting, the general meeting (membership vs general???), and a closing luncheon. The board will meet following the luncheon. The general meeting topics will cover issues pertaining to Alabama’s river systems, highlighting the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa basin, but with a special emphasis on the safety and infrastructure of Alabama’s dams.
Room Reservations: We will be based at the Marriott Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104. The reservation block code “COOSA ALABAMA RIVER IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MEETING 2018” is good through April 10th, after which reservations are based on room availability. Room rates at $145 per night (plus taxes) are available one (1) night before and one (1) night after the CARIA event (???). You can book with our group rate online at this link or by calling the hotel reservation line at 877-545-0311.
Federal employees with an ID may reserve a room for $93 (plus tax). You must book directly through the Association by emailing email@example.com. The cutoff date for the federal group rate is also Tuesday, April 10th, 2018.
Self-parking is $16 per night ($23 for valet). (Street parking available???) Complete lodging instructions are found on the registration page. The earlier you make a reservation, the better your chances of a room in the CARIA block.
We need sponsors. Please help us defray some of the costs of putting on this special meeting. A sponsorship will include one free registration (including spouse) for both days for each $500 increment of sponsorship, as well as recognition in the program, signage, and public information and marketing materials.
Registration: Please register as soon as possible. It would be helpful to the CARIA staff if you can have your registration in no later than April 20 (???). Hope to see you in Montgomery where we can celebrate CARIA’s 127th year.