The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) will host the three-day National Waterways Conference (NWC) 2018 Annual Meeting, from September 12 to 14 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
Amid Congressional negotiations on the Water Resources Development Act and debate over the appropriate federal role in water resources project development and oversight, New Orleans is a fitting host to NWC’s 58th Annual Meeting. Founded 300 years ago near the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans retains much of its French and Spanish culture and architecture that reflect its diverse and rich heritage. Today, it is a vibrant city, proving its resilience over time. As the city celebrates its Tricentennial, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has been invited to welcome the NWC and its attendees to New Orleans on Wednesday, September 12.
The conference keynote address will be given by the Honorable R.D. James, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, on Thursday, September 13. Other notable speakers include:
- Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans, president and CEO
- Randy Richardson, Port of Memphis, executive director; NWC Chairman
- Maj. General Scott Spellmon, deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Headquarters
- James Dalton, director of Civil Works, USACE – Headquarters
- Edward Belk, chief of the Programs Integration Division, USACE – Headquarters
- Col. Michael Clancy, USACE New Orleans district commander
- Sean Duffy, Big River Coalition, executive director
- Sean Strawbridge, Port of Corpus Christi Authority, CEO
- Earl Lewis, National Water Supply Alliance, Kansas Water Office
- Nicki Fuller, Southwestern Power Resources Association
- Jorianne Jernberg, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency