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WEDA Gulf Chapter to Meet in New Orleans

The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Western Dredging Association will hold its annual meeting with the Corps of Engineers and S.A.M.E., Louisiana Post, on November 15 and 16, 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Iberville Street in New Orleans.

The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information of interest to the dredging industry and its associates. Representatives from all areas of the industry, including regulatory, resource agencies, contracting, and manufacturing, will attend to discuss dredging economics, benefits, technologies and other relevant issues.

The meeting will open Thursday, November 15, with registration at 5 p.m. and a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

On Friday morning, registration opens at 8 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 8:30 with the 2008 dredging schedule, presented by the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) and Gulf Coast Districts.

The luncheon speaker will be Ted Falgout, Port Director for Port Fourchon, who will speak on the port’s expansion project. Following lunch, talks will continue until 4:30 p.m.

Contact K.C. Clark, chapter president, at 504-862-1935, Michelle Daigle at 504-862-2731 to register for the meeting, or download a registration form from the WEDA web site: Click on Gulf Chapter. A registration desk will be available throughout the meeting. Clark requests that members register early so the planners can get an accurate number for food and seating.

Hotel accommodations for the meeting are at the Iberville Suites, with internal access to the Ritz-Carlton meeting space. Special room rate is $131 per night, and members should mention the Western Dredging Association when making reservations. Contact the hotel at 1-866-229-4351, or on line at The hotel is at 901 Iberville Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112.

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