October 30 — November 4
2010 NAPT Summit: Pre-Conference Message
Conference planning has come together and we are excited about making our way to the great Northwest! We sincerely hope you will be joining us in Portland, Ore., from Oct. 30 Nov. 4th.
The weather forecast may be chilly and rainy; but there is plenty to keep you busy inside the Oregon Convention Center as we kick off with the LED program on Saturday (and professional development courses, of course); and you will also hear terrific nationally-known speakers like Martin Daum of Daimler and Matt Roloff from TLC's "Little People, Big World." Also on tap we have Hall Davidson from the Discovery channel and the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings, who will be discussing Obama administration plans to help keep our students safe from bullying. Monday afternoon we have assembled a panel of national experts on the issue of bullying. Monday evening Thomas Built Buses will sponsor an NFL night so you can show your team spirit by wearing your team jersey! Tuesday and Wednesday we invite you to tour the ever-popular Trade show. Many more activities and events are planned, as well! See the Conference Agenda online at www.napt.org under the Annual Summit tab.
If you haven't registered for the conference there is still time! Please go to our website at www.napt.org or give us a call at (800) 989-6278. We are in the office this week through Oct. 27th and will be happy to help you.
All programs will take place in the Oregon Convention Center.
Attire: Business Casual is appropriate for all functions. [You may want to dress more formally for the Sunday evening awards banquet.]
The Doubletree Hotel will serve as the convention headquarters hotel. It is about 5 blocks from the convention center, but is accessible by light rail for no charge.
Other hotels that are close and within walking distance to the convention center are the Crowne Plaza, Red Lion, Courtyard by Marriott and the La Quinta Inn.
Travel and Transportation
The hotels and convention center are located approximately 15-20 minutes from the Portland International Airport (PDX. You have several options for getting from the airport to the Doubletree Hotel and hotels in the area.
Light Rail The Light Rail operates from the airport every 15 minutes. The station is close to the baggage area. Tickets may be purchased at the Light Rail station. The cost is $2.05 and you get off at the Lloyd Center stop for the Doubletree Hotel or the convention center stop for other nearby hotels.
Shuttle Service Blue Star Services provides shuttle service from the airport to the Portland, Ore. area. The fare is $14.00 one way and $24.00 round trip. You do not need to make reservations in advance, unless you are part of a large group. After picking up baggage, cross over to Island #2 and go to the information booth that has a sign that says scheduled buses and vans. They operate on the hour and half hour. They operate between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. You will need to make return reservations 24 hours in advance of your planned departure.
Taxi Taxi services is readily available and is approximately $35.00.
We look forward to seeing you there!
NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Ore., this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.
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