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WEDA Head Describes June Meeting

The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in conjunction with Texas A & M University (TAMU) will be hosting the Western Hemisphere’s 31st Annual Dredging Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, USA June 5 through 8, 2011.

If you are even remotely interested in dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction and the enhancement of the marine environment, you cannot afford to miss this special event. In addition to interesting and informative technical information presented by some of the world’s leading dredge and environmental experts you will be treated to the first ever in-depth discussion on the “Future of Dredging.” This session will be presented by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It will look twenty years into the future to discover how and why the global dredging industry can and should be prepared to meet the challenges facing dredging as it relates to the global marketplace.

When you arrive in Nashville you will be impressed by the restoration that took just six months to bring the elegant Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort back to its previous greatness -- and then some. Just one year ago, the hotel and grounds were 16 feet under flood waters. We encourage you to come early and stay late, as the Western Dredging Association has made it possible for you and your family to enjoy its low hotel group rate starting three days before and extending three days after this once-in-a-lifetime historic dredging conference.

Before the conference starts with the ice breaker on Sunday night you will have an opportunity on Saturday June 4th to visit Opryland. Millions of fans have been captivated by the music and magic of the Grand Ole Opry since it started in 1925. Then on Sunday June 5th you will have an opportunity to visit the Hermitage -- the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. Completed in 1819, the main house is a two-story Greek revival brick mansion. “Old Hickory” as President Jackson was affectionately called, was the only United States president to pay off the national debt and leave office with the country in the black.

To round out your stay in Nashville, a oneday post conference tour will take you back in time to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. There you will visit Elvis’s home, two airplanes, personal and automobile museum and lunch at Elvis’ favorite Rendezvous Restaurant.

Hotel accommodations are becoming scarce so we urge you to make your plans now to join us in Nashville for what is sure to be a wonderful and exciting experience. For additional information call, email, or fax WEDA executive offices at 360-750-0209, fax: 360-750-1445 or Email: weda@comcast.net for additional information.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville.

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